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Problems of Knowledge and Freedom: The Russell Lectures Paperback – June 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-1565848092 ISBN-10: 1565848098

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  • Series: The Russell lectures
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565848098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565848092
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,467,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A subtle and scrupulous look at some of the most interesting work done in our time on language and mind." —George Steiner, The New York Times Book Review

"The first time Chomsky has joined his linguistic and political writings under one cover." —America

About the Author

Noam Chomsky is the Institute Professor and a professor of linguistics, emeritus, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A world-renowned linguist and political activist, he is the author of numerous books, including On Language: Chomsky’s Classic Works Language and Responsibility and Reflections on Language; Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky, edited by Peter R. Mitchell and John Schoeffel; American Power and the New Mandarins; For Reasons of State; Problems of Knowledge and Freedom; Objectivity and Liberal Scholarship; Towards a New Cold War: U.S. Foreign Policy from Vietnam to Reagan; The Essential Chomsky, edited by Anthony Arnove; and On Anarchism, and a co-author (with Ira Katznelson, R.C. Lewontin, David Montgomery, Laura Nader, Richard Ohmann, Ray Siever, Immanuel Wallerstein, and Howard Zinn) of The Cold War and the University: Toward an Intellectual History of the Postwar Years and (with Michel Foucault) of The Chomsky-Foucault Debate, all published by The New Press. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steiner VINE VOICE on June 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
This text is a collection of lectures given by Noam Chomsky that relate to his insights into Linguistics, human knowledge, and politics to intellectual Bertrand Russell, whom Chomsky shared many points in common. The first half of the book provides a brilliant and succinct explication of his linguistic discoveries and its implications on human nature and general cognition, but it will surely be challenging to any reader not familiar with linguistics. The second half is an essay on Western Imperialism, particularly as it pertains to the Vietnam War, and for those who have read Chomsky's American Power and the New Mandarins this lecture comes off as a rehash of old material, although it does provide a devastating examination of the state-influenced intellectuals who control the political ideology or our insitutions, and of the threat of nuclear war and the extinction of the human species.
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