This brief text assists students in understanding Chomsky's philosophy and thinking so they can more fully engage in useful, intelligent class dialogue and improve their understanding of course content. Part of the Wadsworth Notes Series, (which will eventually consist of approximately 100 titles, each focusing on a single "thinker" from ancient times to the present), ON CHOMSKY is written by a philosopher deeply versed in the philosophy of this key thinker. Like other books in the series, this concise book offers sufficient insight into the thinking of a notable philosopher, better enabling students to engage in reading and to discuss the material in class and on paper.
Winston (philosophy and religion, College of New Jersey) writes a brief introduction to the life and thought of academic dissident Noam Chomsky. The book begins with a discussion of Chomsky's early life, focusing on his education and intellectual influences. It then outlines his contributions in the field of linguistics, highlighting his continued influence. Finally it describes Chomsky's ethics, his political philosophy, and his critique of American foreign policy since the Vietnam war. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Morton Winston is a professor of philosophy and chairman of the Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Classical Studies at the College of New Jersey. He teaches classes in bioethics, political philosophy, ethical theory, philosophy of technology, environmental ethics, genocide, and human rights. He has published several books and numerous articles on topics related to human rights, applied ethics, and cognitive science. Professor Winston has received three Fulbright Scholarships, to South Africa, Thailand, and Denmark, and has served as the chairman of the board of directors of Amnesty International.
Preface. 1.DEVELOPMENT OF A DISSIDENT. The Conditions of Growth. Early Life and Influences. Education at the University of Pennsylvania. The Society of Fellows at Harvard. 2.THE CHOMSKYAN TURN IN LINGUISTICS. The Route to Rationalism. Syntactic Structures. Critique of Behaviorism. The Standard Theory. Cartesian Linguistics. Language and Mind. The Minimalist Program. Chomsky's Intellectual Legacy. 3.CRITIQUES OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY. The Vietnam War. Central America. Indonesia and East Timor. Israel/Palestine. Kosovo. Chomsky's Ethics. 4.CHOMSKY'S POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY. Democratic Idealism. The "New" World Order. The Manufacture of Consent. What is to Be Done? BIBLIOGRAPHY. NOTES. ABOUT THE AUTHOR.