Chomsky and His Critics / Edition 1

Chomsky and His Critics / Edition 1

by Louise M. Antony
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0631200207

ISBN-13: 9780631200208

Pub. Date: 05/15/2003

Publisher: Wiley

In this compelling volume, ten distinguished thinkers – William G. Lycan, Jeffrey Poland, Galen Strawson, Frances Egan, Georges Rey, Peter Ludlow, Paul Horwich, Paul M. Pietroski, Alison Gopnik, and Ruth Garrett Millikan – address a variety of conceptual issues raised in Noam Chomsky's work on mind and language.

Topics covered include:


Overview

In this compelling volume, ten distinguished thinkers – William G. Lycan, Jeffrey Poland, Galen Strawson, Frances Egan, Georges Rey, Peter Ludlow, Paul Horwich, Paul M. Pietroski, Alison Gopnik, and Ruth Garrett Millikan – address a variety of conceptual issues raised in Noam Chomsky's work on mind and language.

Topics covered include:


  • the ontological commitments inherent in a Chomskian approach to linguistic competence

  • the possibility of systematic referential semantics for natural language

  • whether we can learn anything about the foundations of language by adopting an evolutionary perspective

  • whether the ‘theory theory’ in developmental psychology counters Chomsky's arguments for nativism

  • the relevance and urgency of the mind–body problem in the post-Newtonian world.
These analyses are followed by substantial responses from Chomsky himself. The result is a provocative and engaging discussion of Chomsky’s work on questions of central importance to theories of mind and language.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631200208
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/15/2003
Series:
Philosophers and their Critics Series
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.21(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributorsvii
Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
1Chomsky on the Mind-Body Problem11
2Chomsky's Challenge to Physicalism29
3Real Materialism49
4Naturalistic Inquiry: Where does Mental Representation Fit in?89
5Chomsky, Intentionality, and a CRTT105
6Referential Semantics for I-languages?140
7Meaning and its Place in the Language Faculty162
8Small Verbs, Complex Events: Analyticity without Synonymy179
9In Defense of Public Language215
10The Theory Theory as an Alternative to the Innateness Hypothesis238
11Replies
Reply to Lycan255
Reply to Poland263
Reply to Strawson266
Reply to Egan268
Reply to Rey274
Reply to Ludlow287
Reply to Horwich295
Reply to Pietroski304
Reply to Millikan308
Reply to Gopnik316
Major Works by Noam Chomsky329
Index333

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