A clear and comprehensive introduction to Chomsky's work, dealing with his contributions to linguistics, philosophy, social and political thought. Describes Chomsky's rationalist view of mind and human nature in a more systematic way than Chomsky himself has and investigates why this view is the most plausible one.
a This is the best all around introduction to Chomskya s work that I know of. However, it is far more than an introduction. It is an ambitious synthesis of all parts of Chomskya s views written in a manner accessible to a beginner yet thought provoking for those deeply immersed in Chomskyana. It considers Chomskya s work in the wider context of cultural and classical philosophical views on human nature, knowledge and mind. In addition, McGilvray shuns no part of Chomskya s vast work. He provides accessible and illuminating discussions of both his theoretical work in grammar, his philosophical views on the structure of mind and his political views. I recommend McGilvraya s work both to neophytes interested in an introduction to Chomskya s thought and to experts interested in an illuminating discussion of "how it all hangs together".a Professor Norbert Hornstein, University of Maryland a This well written and insightful book explains accurately Chomskya s ideas about mind, language, and social ideas. Its presentation of key concepts is accessible to laypersons and is informative to the experts as well. Chomskya s key contributions to philosophy and the social sciences are well articulated. The book should be read by the general public, and all philosophers and social scientists.a Professor Julius Moravcsik, Department of Philosophy, University of Stanford
About James McGilvray
James McGilvray is Associate Professort in the Department of Philosophy, McGill University.
Table of Contents
1. Common Sense and Science.
2. Mapping the Mind.
3. Poverty, Creativity, and Making the World.
4. Languages and the Science of Language.
5. How to Make an Expression.
6. Meanings and Their Use.
7. Anarchosyndicalism and the Responsible Intellectual.
8. Human Nature and Ideal Social Organization.
Chomsky: Language, Mind, and Politics by James McGilvray
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