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Language and Problems of Knowledge: The Managua Lectures (Current Studies in Linguistics)

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ISBN-13: 978-0262530705
ISBN-10: 0262530708
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In these "somewhat extended versions" of lectures originally delivered in Nicaragua in 1986, Chomsky gives the nonspecialist his most accessible statement yet of his thinking on language and knowledge. Chomsky is not afraid to tackle some of the main problems of philosophy, for example, "Plato's problem" of how knowledge is possible. His approach is unique, grounded throughout in linguistic analyses (here, mostly of parallel constructs in Spanish and English). As a result of these analyses Chomsky concludes that our ability to know, to understand, and to use language must be innate, "a part of our biological endowment." Stimulating, though professional philosophers will likely denigrate the approach. Leon H. Brody, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Lib., Washington, D.C.
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Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor and Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus) at MIT and the author of many influential books on linguistics.

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Product Details

  • Series: Current Studies in Linguistics (Book 16)
  • Perfect Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (August 27, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262530708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262530705
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #611,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. A member of the American Academy of Science, he has published widely in both linguistics and current affairs. His books include At War with Asia, Towards a New Cold War, Fateful Triangle: The U. S., Israel and the Palestinians, Necessary Illusions, Hegemony or Survival, Deterring Democracy, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy and Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reviews by on April 24, 2013
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This is the best introduction to Chomsky's linguistics theory for the lay person. And everybody ought to know this much about human language!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve Schunk on January 23, 2014
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This book might be a useful exploration of Spanish morphemes, but Noam Chomsky is overly fond of his own theory, which is often violated by the examples.
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2004
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Reasonably quick read. Restates language as a side-effect of the brain's syntaxial approach in expressing thought.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Prahanova on May 7, 2010
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Excellent speedy shipping and the book is outstanding. This book is to be part of the research for my Masters thesis. It is exciting and full of linguistic mini explosions. Linguistics is my passion!
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9 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Jason B. on August 11, 2003
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Noam Chomsky insists that the mind-body problem can't be solved or formulated and that theories of meaning remain unsuccessful. Apparently he still perpetuates the extraordinary ignorance of Aristotilian/Thomistic philosophy that he has previously been so accused along with the rest of modern philosophy.
For example, in Mortimer Adler's 1967 work of genius, "The Difference of Man and the Difference it Makes", Adler has this to say about the mind-body argument of Aristotle and Aquinas on p.223, "Because the moderate immaterialism of Aristotle and Aquinas is totally neglected or ignored in the contemporary discussion, we cannot look for criticisms of it, or objections to it, in current philosophical literature."
More explicitly, Adler has this to say in the notes on p.329 about theories of Meaning - "The Institute For Philosophical Research is currently engaged in the study of the whole discussion of language and thought and especially the problem of meaning. We have examined most of the major twentieth-century treatments of this subject. We have found only two contemporary writers who indicate some awareness of the correct version of the triadic theory of meaning, J.N. Findlay and R. Chisholm. Others among contemporaries who comment on the triadic theory are either unacquainted with the Aristotilian version or so misunderstand it that they treat that version and the Lockean version as if they were identical, Ogden and Richards. The rest manifest no awareness at all of the triadic theory in its correct version and, in addition, do not seem to understand the problem that it tried to solve and succeeded in solving." To my knowledge Descartes, Locke, Hobbes, Liebniz, Spinoza, Hume, Berkley, Kant and Comte are all on the list of ingorant as well.
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