Chomsky and His Critics / Edition 1

Chomsky and His Critics / Edition 1

by Louise M. Antony
     
 

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.

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631200215
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/15/2003
Series:
Philosophers and their Critics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.05(h) x 1.05(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).

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction: Norbert Hornstein (University of Maryland, College Park) and Louise M. Antony (The Ohio State University).

1. Chomsky on the Mind-Body Problem: William G. Lycan (University of North Carolina).

2. Chomsky's Challenge to Physicalism: Jeffrey Poland (University of Nebraska-Lincoln).

3. Real Materialism: Galen Strawson (University of Reading).

4. Naturalistic Inquiry: Where does Mental Representation Fit In?: Frances Egan (Rutgers University).

5. Chomsky, Intentinality and a CRTT: Georges Rey (University of Maryland, College Park).

6. Referential Semantics for I-languages?: Peter Ludlow (State University of New York, Stony Brook).

7. Meaning and Its Place in the Language Faculty: Paul Horwich (Graduate Center of the City University of New York).

8. Small Verbs, Complex Events: Analyticity without Synonymy: Paul M. Pietroski (University of Maryland, College Park).

9. In Defense of Public Language: Ruth Garrett Millikan (University of Connecticut).

10. The Theory Theory as an Alternative to the Innateness Hypothesis: Alison Gopnik (Universtiy of California at Berkeley).

11. Replies: Noam Chomsky (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

12. Major Works By and About Noam Chomsky (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

Index.

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