Dialogue 40 (2):408-410 (2001)

In the pre-postmodern era, subtitles were truly and merely “sub” and were reserved for books. They served to characterize and categorize a book so as to let the innocent consumer know what he was getting into if he could not tell from the title proper; thus, Individuals: An Essay in Descriptive Metaphysics or Intentionality: An Essay in the Philosophy of Mind. But the proper subtitle has evolved into an entire second title, is routinely used for journal articles and conference presentations, and not every author can stop herself at merely the second title. The new style subtitle—the second title—is still supposed to shed light on the first title, but not by way of a categorizing characterization the way old style subtitles did. The first title of John Searle’s latest book is Mind, Language and Society. The second title is Philosophy in the Real World. It is not immediately clear what this new style subtitle means. It is too subtile. It needs an old-style subtitle to shed light on it that it may shed light on the first title. And, in his introduction, Searle very nearly supplies such.
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