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Noam Chomsky continues to be one of the most influential intellectual figures of modern times. His wide-ranging contributions to the fields of linguistics, psychology, philosophy and politics have revolutionised our view of language, the mind and human nature. Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, this book explores Chomsky's key theories, especially recent developments in his Minimalist Program, addressing issues such as: how do we know a language? How do children acquire this knowledge? How did language evolve? This third edition has been expanded and thoroughly updated and includes an exploration of Chomsky's contributions to philosophy and psychology, outlining the impact of his radical and often controversial views. It concludes with an account of his political activism and his critique of recent developments such as the Arab Spring, Wikileaks and the Occupy movement. There is also a new section covering his views on climate change and nuclear disarmament.Read more
- A wide-ranging overview of all areas of Chomsky's work
- Authoritative and unbiased coverage of his more controversial ideas
- Thoroughly updated to cover recent developments
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"This is the book about Noam Chomsky that you were looking for. Without presupposing any background, it takes the reader on a fascinating intellectual journey documenting the enormous contributions Chomsky has made to the history of ideas … This book is carefully crafted and beautifully written. As far as books on popular science go, this is as masterpiece."
Stephen Crain, Macquarie University and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its DisordersSee more reviews
"… a clear, accurate and compelling introduction to Chomsky's work."
Jan Terje Faarlund, University of Oslo
"A superb, synoptic, and not uncritical exposition of Chomsky's views, in linguistics and politics, usefully updating previous editions to include discussion of 'Minimalism', 'Darwin's Problem', and political commentaries since 9/11."
Georges Rey, University of Maryland, College Park
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- Edition: 3rd Edition
- Date Published: February 2016
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107442672
- length: 474 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 25 mm
- weight: 0.68kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The mirror of the mind
2. The linguistic foundation
3. Language and psychology
4. Philosophical realism: commitments and controversies
5. Language and freedom.
Interview with Neil Smith and Nicholas Allott on the third edition of 'Chomsky: Ideas and Ideals'
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