Chomsky Notebook

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Noam Chomsky applies a rational, scientific approach to disciplines as diverse as linguistics, ethics, and politics. His best-known innovations involve a groundbreaking theory of generative grammar, the revolution it initiated in cognitive science, and a radical encounter with political theory and practice.

In Chomsky Notebook, Cedric Boeckx and Norbert Hornstein tackle the evolution of Chomsky's linguistic theory. Akeel Bilgrami revisits Chomsky's work on freedom and truth, and Pierre Jacob analyzes his naturalism. Chomsky's own contributions include an interview with Jean Bricmont and an essay each on Edward Said and the natural world. Altogether, these works reveal the penetrating insight of a remarkable intellectual whose thought extends into a number of fields within and outside of academia. For the uninitiated reader and longtime fan, this anthology attests to the power of Chomsky's rationalism and the dexterity of his critical investigations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231144742
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 1/8/2010
  • Series: Columbia Themes in Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Bricmont is a theoretical physicist and professor at the Catholic University of Louvain. He has helped to make the political writings of Noam Chomsky known in France after years of blackout. He is the coauthor, with Alan Sokal, of Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science.Julie Franck is assistant professor at the Laboratory of Experimental Psycholinguistics, University of Geneva. Her research concerns syntax in adults and children.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Chomsky 1. The Mysteries of Nature: How Deeply Hidden?, by Noam Chomsky2. The Great Soul of Power: Said Memorial Lecture, by Noam ChomskyPart II. Introductions 3. Chomsky, France, Reason, Power, by Jean Bricmont and Julie Franck4. An Interview with Noam Chomsky, by Jean BricmontPart III. Linguistic Theory and Language Processes 5. The Varying Aims of Linguistic Theory, by Cédric Boeckx and Norbert Hornstein6. Language, Thought, and Reality After Chomsky, by Gennaro Chierchia7. Generative Syntax in the Brain, by Yosef GrodzinskyPart IV. Cognitive Science and the Philosophy of Mind 8. Learning Organs, by Charles R. Gallistel9. Innateness, Choice, and Language, by Elizabeth Spelke10. The Scope and Limits of Chomsky's Naturalism, by Pierre JacobPart V. Chomsky and the Intelligentsia 11. Conspiracy: When Journalists (and Their Favorites) Misrepresent the Critical Analysis of the Media, by Serge Halimi and Arnaud Rindel12. Noam Chomsky and the University, by Pierre Guerlain13. The Practice of Intellectual Self-Defense in the University, by Normand Baillargeon14. Chomsky, Faurisson, and Vidal-Naquet, by Jean Bricmont15. Chomsky and Bourdieu: A Missed Encounter, by Frédéric DelorcaPart VI. Politics: Theory and Practice 16. Chomsky in France: The Resistance to Pragmatic Anti-Authoritarianism, by Larry Portis17. Testimony, by Susan George18. Truth, Balance, and Freedom, by Akeel BilgramiList of Contributors

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