Chomsky : Ideas and Ideals

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Chomsky has had a major influence on linguistics, psychology, and philosophy. In this rigorous yet accessible account of Chomsky's work, Neil Smith analyses Chomsky's key contributions to the study of both language and the mind. He gives a detailed exposition of Chomsky's linguistic theorizing, and examines the ideas for which he is best known. Smith discusses the psychological and philosophical implications of Chomsky's work, and argues that he has fundamentally changed the way we think of ourselves. Smith examines Chomsky's political ideas and how these fit intellectually with his scholarly work. The final chapter spells out the themes - rationality, creativity and modularity - that unite the disparate strands of his vast output. Throughout, Smith explores the controversy surrounding Chomsky's work, and explains why he has been both adulated and more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139163892
  • 9781139163897

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'Smith's book is both informative and thought-provoking. Those interested in an overview of Chomsky's work will find what they are looking for if they are willing to go with the pro-Chomskyan attitude that Smith has adopted and does not seek to conceal. The book's major strength is its big-picture perspective - an intriguing combination of problems of linguistic knowledge, philosophy, and politics. In this sense, ideas and ideals unite to form an ideology that both builds on and transcends other models of human nature.' The Linguistshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The mirror of the mind; 2. The linguistic foundation; 3. Psychological reality; 4. Philosophical realism: commitments and controversies; 5. Language and freedom; Conclusion, Envoi; Notes and references; Bibliography; more

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