Cartesian Linguistics: A Chapter in the History of Rationalist Thought 3rd Edition
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I really enjoyed this book, I think it is very profound, but I only have at least two *minor* criticisms to make. First, Chomsky wrote a lot of the essential ideas from Cartesian Linguistics in his other later book called Language and Mind , specifically a chapter called Linguistic Contribution to the Study of Mind: Past. You may not find all of it in that chapter, but most of the essential ones are there: He talks about Descartes, Humboldt, and Post-Royale. So, for those who already read Language and Mind, reading this book may not seem very necessary unless you like to read Chomsky's book for its own sake. Second, Cartesian Linguistics is pretty short, apart from a long introduction written by Chomsky's colleague, it barely reaches 100 pages. One would wish that Chomsky could have written more, but perhaps this is all Chomsky could do for now since much philosophical works on language relevant to Chomsky's Universal Grammar is pretty hard to find.
Nonetheless, despite these minor criticisms, reading the book Cartesian Linguistics is not a waste of time.