Chomsky. Language, Mind, and Politics.

McGilvray, James

Verlag: Polity Press, 2000
ISBN 10: 074561888X / ISBN 13: 9780745618883
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Inhaltsangabe: The key to Chomsky's overall intellectual project lies in what he has to say about a biologically based human nature.

From the Back Cover: Noam Chomsky is well known as a linguist and as a political thinker. He is less well known as a philosopher. Yet his rationalist philosophy ties common-sense understandings of human action and decision (including political thought and action) to that human mental capacity we call language.

The key to Chomsky’s overall intellectual project lies in what he has to say about a biologically based human nature. McGilvray explains Chomsky’s view of human nature in the first three chapters. He begins by distinguishing common-sense understanding from scientific knowledge. He then outlines the scientific picture of the mind that Chomsky favours. Finally, by appealing to basic observations concerning how language is acquired and used, McGilvray shows why Chomsky adopts the view he does. The last five chapters outline Chomsky’s linguistic and political views and, by appeal to his biological-rationalist conception of human nature, explore the connections between them.

Chomsky’s revitalized rationalism has profound implications for both the science of the human mind (‘cognitive science’) and for an understanding of human action. No responsible individual can afford to ignore it.

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Titel: Chomsky. Language, Mind, and Politics.
Verlag: Polity Press
Erscheinungsdatum: 2000

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Verlag: Wiley & Sons Okt 2013 (2013)
ISBN 10: 0745649904 ISBN 13: 9780745649900
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Buchbeschreibung Wiley & Sons Okt 2013, 2013. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - Noam Chomsky has made major contributions to three fields: political history and analysis, linguistics, and the philosophies of mind, language, and human nature. In this thoroughly revised and updated volume, James McGilvray provides a critical introduction to Chomsky's work in these three key areas and assesses their continuing importance and relevance for today. In an incisive and comprehensive analysis, McGilvray argues that Chomsky's work can be seen as a unified intellectual project. He shows how Chomsky adapts the tools of natural science to the study of mind and of language in particular and explains why Chomsky's 'rationalist' approach to the mind continues to be opposed by the majority of contemporary cognitive scientists. The book also discusses some of Chomsky's central political themes in depth, examining how Chomsky's view of the good life and the ideal form of social organization is related to and in part dependent on his biologically based account of human nature and the place of language within it. As in the first edition, McGilvray emphasizes the distinction between common sense and science and the difference between rationalist and empiricist approaches to the mind, making clear the importance of these themes for understanding Chomsky's work and showing that they are based on elementary observations that are accessible to everyone. This edition has been extensively re-written to emphasize Chomsky's recent work, which increasingly 'biologizes' the study of language and mind and - by implication - the study of human nature. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of philosophy, linguistics, and politics, as well as to all those keen to develop a critical understanding of one of the most controversial and important thinkers writing today. 288 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780745649900

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