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This book is an outstanding contribution to the philosophical study of language and mind, by one of the most influential thinkers of our time. In a series of penetrating essays, Chomsky cuts through the confusion and prejudice that has infected the study of language and mind, bringing new solutions to traditional philosophical puzzles and fresh perspectives on issues of general interest, ranging from the mind-body problem to the unification of science. Using a range of imaginative and deceptively simple linguistic analyses, Chomsky defends the view that knowledge of language is internal to the human mind. He argues that a proper study of language must deal with this mental construct. According to Chomsky, therefore, human language is a "biological object" and should be analyzed using the methodology of the sciences. His examples and analyses come together in this book to give a unique and compelling perspective on language and the mind.
"...this is a very important book; not just because a lot of what it says is true, but also because Chomsky is a very important thinker." Jerry Fodor, The Times Literary Supplement
"Highly recommended for all programs supporting a philosophy major or related work in linguistics and cognitive science." Choice
"The essays are difficult, dense, and tremendously rewarding for the persevering reader." Virginia Quarterly Review
"At a time when various embarrassingly incompetent accounts of language are widespread in university humanities departments under such names as 'literary theory,' 'deconstruction,' and 'postmodernism' it is worth emphasizing that [Chomsky's] work in linguistics is at the highest intellectual level." The New York Review of Books
"Alltogether, the book is a selection of very readable writings, and it certainly holds surprises for the psychologist who thinks that 'we' have abandoned Chomskyian linguistics rightly in the 1950's. The book shows why 'we' should not have - if only because of the quality of the argumentation one always finds in Chomsky's writings." Theory and Psychology
Foreword by Neil Smith; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. New horizons in the study of language; 2. Explaining language use; 3. Language and interpretation: philosophical reflections and empirical inquiry; 4. Naturalism and dualism in the study of language and mind; 5. Language as a natural object; 6. Language from an internalist perspective; 7. Internalist explorations; Bibliography; Index.
With the superior style style of the past and the new ideas of the present, Chomsky retains his authoritative prose while arguing his new ideas. It is a wonderful contribution to modern study of Linguistics as well as the philosophy of the mind. Bear in mind however that the heaviness of the ideas as well as the language itself suit it better for the scholar or well read. This is not a book recommended for the general reader, however, don't let that stop any interest. Chomsky, continues his argument, started in the 1960's of the "Mental Organ" through which we construct language. Now he presents his newest ideas on the subject in a truly spectacular way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 5, 2010
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