Essential Chomsky

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ISBN-13: 9781595581891

Edition: 2008

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Description: In a single volume, the seminal writings of the world's leading philosopher, linguist, and critic, published to coincide with his eightieth birthday. For the past forty years Noam Chomsky's writings on politics and language have established him as a preeminent public intellectual and as one of the most original and wide-ranging political and social critics of our time. Among the seminal figures in linguistic theory over the past century, since the 1960s Chomsky has also secured a place as perhaps the leading dissident voice in the United States. Chomsky's many bestselling worksincludingManufacturing Consent, Hegemony or Survival, Understanding Power, andFailed Stateshave served as essential touchstones for dissidents, activists, scholars, and concerned citizens on subjects ranging from the media to human rights to intellectual freedom. In particular, Chomsky's scathing critiques of the U.S. wars in Vietnam, Central America, and the Middle East have furnished a widely accepted intellectual inspiration for antiwar movements over nearly four decades. The Essential Chomskyassembles the core of his most important writings, including excerpts from his most influential texts over the past forty years. Here is an unprecedented, comprehensive overview of Chomsky's thought.

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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 2/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 515
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Noam Chomsky was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 7, 1928. Son of a Russian emigrant who was a Hebrew scholar, Chomsky was exposed at a young age to the study of language and principles of grammar. During the 1940s, he began developing socialist political leanings through his encounters with the New York Jewish intellectual community. Chomsky received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy. He conducted much of his research at Harvard University. In 1955, he began teaching at MIT, eventually holding the Ferrari P. Ward Chair of Modern Language and Linguistics. Today Chomsky is highly regarded as both one of America's most prominent linguists and most notorious social critics and political activists. His academic reputation began with the publication of Syntactic Structures in 1957. Within a decade, he became known as an outspoken intellectual opponent of the Vietnam War. Chomsky has written many books on the links between language, human creativity, and intelligence, including Language and Mind (1967) and Knowledge of Language: Its Nature, Origin, and Use (1985). He also has written dozens of political analyses, including Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988), Chronicles of Dissent (1992), and The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many (1993).

Foreword
A Review of B. F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior
Preface to Aspects of the Theory of Syntax
Methodological Preliminaries
The Responsibility of Intellectuals
On Resistance
Language and Freedom
Notes on Anarchism
The Rule of Force in International Affairs
Watergate: A Skeptical View
The Remaking of History
Foreign Policy and the Intelligentsia
The United States and East Timor
The Origins of the "Special Relationship"
Planning for Global Hegemony
The View Beyond: Prospects for the Study of Mind
Containing the Enemy
Introduction to The Minimalist Program
New Horizons in the Study of Language and Mind
Intentional Ignorance and Its Uses
A World Without War
Reflections on 9-11
Language and the Brain
United States-Israel-Palestine
Imperial Grand Strategy
Afterword to Failed States
Acknowledgments
Permissions
Notes
Select Bibliography of Works
Index
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