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Analysis Of Searle’s Philosophy Of Mind And Critique From A Neo-Confucian Point Of View

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John Searle has made important contributions to contemporary philosophy of mind. His philosophical position on mind is not just based on an analysis of the language of mind. If so, could we say that Searle is a property dualist of mind and body on one level (the biological) and a causal materialist identitist on another (the systematic). The author recognizes Searle's central ideas regarding biological environment and background ability thesis. The author thinks that Searle's idea of a Background is highly suggestive because it is largely an open and heuristic concept and thus could lead to a position which is congenial with the philosophy of mind of Zhu Xi, the great Neo-Confucian philosopher who argues for and explains the relationship between mind (xin) and nature (xing) as a relation between vital force (qi) and structured being (pattern, law, principle, li) based on the onto-cosmological theory of creative ontogenesis.

Keywords: causal materialist identitist; creative ontogenesis; John Searle; Neo-Confucian philosopher; onto-cosmological theory; philosophy of mind; property dualist

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