Chomsky and His Critics / Edition 1

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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. 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.
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Editorial Reviews

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"When intellectual histories of the twentieth century are written, Noam Chomsky will surely be acknowledged as one of its major figures. Given his enormous influence, it is imperative that Chomsky's ideas be scrutinized, and I can't think of a better arena than this book, in which Chomsky and his critics are given the elbow room to work out their disagreements with the subtlety and depth that they deserve." Steven Pinker, MIT, and author of The Language Instinct

"More than forty years ago, Noam Chomsky began a revolution in the way that philosophers think about the mind and about language. The essays in this fine volume make it clear that the Chomskian revolution is still very much underway and that we are far from agreement on the implications of Chomsky’s work. These cutting-edge essays – and Chomsky’s characteristically insightful replies – are full of fresh insights and acute arguments. They are essential reading for anyone interested in the extraordinary impact Chomsky has had on philosophy." Stephen Stich, Rutgers University

"This is a first-rate volume for advanced students and scholars in philosophy, linguistics, and cognitive science that will advance understanding of Chomsky's work for years to come." Choice

"This is a first-rate volume for advanced students and scholars in philosophy, linguistics, and cognitive science that will advance understanding of Chomsky's work for years to come." Choice, December 2003

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631200208
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/15/2003
  • Series: Philosophers and their Critics Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Louise M. Antony is Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at The Ohio State University. She is editor, with Charlotte Witt, of A Mind of One's Own: Feminist Essays on Reason and Objectivity, 2nd edn. (2002).

Norbert Hornstein is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Move! A Minimalist Theory of Construal (Blackwell, 2000), Logical Form: From GB to Minimalism (Blackwell, 1995),and As Time Goes By: Tense and Universal Grammar (1994).

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction 1
1 Chomsky on the Mind-Body Problem 11
2 Chomsky's Challenge to Physicalism 29
3 Real Materialism 49
4 Naturalistic Inquiry: Where does Mental Representation Fit in? 89
5 Chomsky, Intentionality, and a CRTT 105
6 Referential Semantics for I-languages? 140
7 Meaning and its Place in the Language Faculty 162
8 Small Verbs, Complex Events: Analyticity without Synonymy 179
9 In Defense of Public Language 215
10 The Theory Theory as an Alternative to the Innateness Hypothesis 238
11 Replies 255
Major Works by Noam Chomsky 329
Index 333
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