How Not to Save Searle: A Reply to Weber's Reply
Abbreviated Journal Title
Philos. Soc. Sci.
John Searle; social-scientific laws; reduction; money; social kinds; Ethics; Philosophy
In response to "'Counting As' a Bridge Principle: Against Searle Against Social-Scientific Laws," Elijah Weber distinguishes two sorts of physical open-endedness and claims our article appeals to the wrong sort. We clarify that Searle's notion of physical open-endedness is neither of the notions Weber introduces, thus our original reply to Searle is not targeted by Weber's objections. Also, Weber's lengthy example concerning counterfeit currency appears to build-in the extremely contentious assumption that scientific laws are impossible if and when relevant conditions do not happen to obtain.
Philosophy of the Social Sciences
"How Not to Save Searle: A Reply to Weber's Reply" (2012). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 2461.