The Cambridge Companion to Chomsky

The Cambridge Companion to Chomsky

by James McGilvray
     
 

"Noam Chomsky is one of the most influential thinkers of modern times. The most cited writer in the humanities, his work has revolutionized the field of linguistics, and has dominated many other disciplines including politics and the philosophy of mind and human nature. He has also contributed significantly to our understanding of the abuse of power, and of the… See more details below

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"Noam Chomsky is one of the most influential thinkers of modern times. The most cited writer in the humanities, his work has revolutionized the field of linguistics, and has dominated many other disciplines including politics and the philosophy of mind and human nature. He has also contributed significantly to our understanding of the abuse of power, and of the controlling effects of the mass media." This companion brings together a team of leading linguists, philosophers, cognitive scientists, and political theorists to consolidate the disparate strands of Chomsky's thought into one accessible volume. Through a range of chapters focusing on the various aspects of his work, they introduce in a clear and non-technical way the central themes of his extraordinary effect on our understanding of language, mind, and the abuse of political power, and provide an engaging insight into the connections between Chomsky's work in each of these areas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521780131
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Meet the Author

James McGilvray is Associate Professor of Philosophy at McGill University.

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Chomsky's science of language21
2Plato's problem, UG, and the language organ42
3Grammar, levels, and biology60
4How the brain begets language84
5Chomsky and Halle's revolution in phonology102
6Universal aspects of word learning123
7Empiricism and rationalism as research strategies145
8Innate ideas164
9Mind, language, and the limits of inquiry181
10Meaning and creativity204
11Market values and libertarian socialist values225
12The individual, the state, and the corporation240
13Noam Chomsky : the struggle continues260
14The responsibility of the intellectual280

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