John Searle is the Slusser Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Language, University of California, Berkeley. He is widely noted for his contributions to the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and social philosophy. Among his notable concepts are the “Chinese Room” argument against artificial intelligence. He is the author of eighteen books, most recently Making the Social World: The Structure of Human Civilization.

Demons, by Fyodor Dostoevsky


by Fyodor Dostoevsky

“A necessary work for understanding the psychology of people possessed by a radical vision. Also a great novel.”

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Philosophical Investigations, by Ludwig Wittgenstein

Philosophical Investigations

by Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Changed the course of philosophy, though still not properly understood.”

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The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, by Max Weber

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

by Max Weber

“A model of how to bring diverse data together on a problem.”

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The Road to Serfdom, by F. A. Hayek

The Road to Serfdom

by F. A. Hayek

“Always pay attention to works by intelligent people that are regarded by mainstream thinkers as outrageous. This book still seems outrageous.”

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Ulysses, by James Joyce


by James Joyce

“I spent more work on this than on Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. It was worth it.”

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A Sentimental Education, by Gustave Flaubert

A Sentimental Education

by Gustave Flaubert

“On balance, the best novel ever written.”

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