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Language and Responsibility: Based on Conversations With Mitson Ronat Perfect Paperback – January 12, 1979

ISBN-13: 978-0394736198 ISBN-10: 0394736192

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  • Perfect Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon (January 12, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394736192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394736198
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,808,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Viktor Blasjo on February 21, 2007
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A good part of this book may be enjoyed without prior knowledge of Chomsky's linguistic work. I shall quote some highlights. Human language capacity is innate and one should "seek to determine the genetically fixed mental structures" (p. 95), which will be some sort of "universal grammar", an abstract essence common to all languages. This is of course very different from blank-slate, functionalist viewpoints. "No one finds it outlandish to ask the question: What genetic information accounts for the growth of arms instead of wings? Why should it be shocking to raise similar questions with regard to the brain and mental faculties? ... Nobody would suggest that a group of cells decides that perhaps it would be a good idea to become a heart because such an organ is necessary to pump blood. If this group of cells becomes a heart, it is due to the information present in the genetic code, which determines the structure of the organism." (pp. 84-86). "Looking at the history of human intellectual endeavor from this point of view, we find curious things, surprising things. In mathematics certain areas seem to correspond to exceptional human aptitudes: number theory, spatial intuition. Pursuit of these intuitions determined the main line of progress in mathematics, until the end of the nineteenth century, at least. Apparently our mind is capable of handling the abstract properties of number systems, abstract geometry, and the mathematics of the continuum. These are not the absolute limits, but it is probable that we are confined to certain branches of science and mathematics." (pp. 67-68). "I should also mention work on the history and philosophy of science ... This work ...Read more ›
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Stergiou on January 29, 2013
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Chomsky as an academic is a pain at times in so far as writing style is concerned though the more i read the more i can agree with him though he remains an enigma tp mos but especially to the generally brainwashed American public where he has wrongfully been demonized.
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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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