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Ideas and Ideals


  • Date Published: September 1999
  • availability: Replaced by 9780521546881
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521475709


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  • Chomsky has had a major influence on modern linguistics, psychology, and philosophy. In this rigorous yet accessible account of Chomsky's work, Neil Smith analyzes 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. Finally, Smith examines Chomsky's political ideas and how these fit intellectually with his scholarly work. Throughout, Smith explores the controversy surrounding Chomsky's work, and explains why he has been both adulated and vilified.

    • An easily understandable and coherent account of the work of the world's most widely cited thinker
    • A unique overview of all aspects of Chomsky's work: linguistic, philosophical, psychological, and political
    • Includes an accessible presentation of Chomsky's linguistic theory, concentrating on ideas and argumentation rather than technicalities
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    • Date Published: September 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521475709
    • length: 278 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.484kg
    • availability: Replaced by 9780521546881
  • Table of Contents

    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

  • Author

    Neil Smith, University College London

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