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Chomsky: Language, Mind and Politics / Edition 2

Chomsky: Language, Mind and Politics / Edition 2

by James McGilvray


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745649894
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/18/2013
Series: Key Contemporary Thinkers Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

James McGilvray is Associate Professort in the Department of Philosophy, McGill University.

Table of Contents

A unified project1
Some aspects of Chomsky's rationalist intellectual project3
The basic observations6
1Common Sense and Science8
Chomsky's contributions: a quick overview8
How Chomsky's work has been received13
Common sense, science, and mind17
The science of mind and the perils of empiricism28
2Mapping the Mind32
Rationalist versus empiricist: who's the scientist of mind?32
Non-problems: access and mind/body33
Where and what is reason?35
A challenge to a science of the human mind40
The mind mapped and capacities enabled46
An illustration57
Enablement by limitation60
3Poverty, Creativity, and Making the World62
Plato, rationalists, and Chomsky's nativism63
The creative aspect of language use78
Constructivism and the biological rationalist89
4Languages and the Science of Language94
Some terms of the science of language95
Locating Chomsky's theoretical approach to language: syntax, semantics, and pragmatics98
Science, 'science', and common sense: I-language, E-language, and differences between languages105
The natural way to count languages: UG, natural language, and I-language113
Adequacy in linguistic theory and progress in linguistics118
5How to Make an Expression125
Why transformational grammar?127
How the P&P framework makes a sentence133
Simplicity again and optimality147
6Meanings and Their Use151
Deep Structure153
Perspectives and the Minimalist Program156
The shape of the lexicon158
Naturalized meanings162
Chomsky and Cudworth on interpretation: "innate cognoscitive power" and prolepsis168
Meaning guides use174
7Anarchosyndicalism and the Intellectual177
Getting into focus177
The "liberal" economic conception of humans and US domestic and foreign policy180
The anarchosyndicalist conception of the person196
The manufacture of consent203
The responsibility of intellectuals216
8Human Nature and Ideal Social Organization221
Language and politics221
The needs of human nature224
The relativist's challenge, the new social science, and projection235
Orwell's problem239
Socrates and Chomsky244
Rationalist philosophy and the new social science247

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