LINGUIST List 9.93

Tue Jan 20 1998

Sum: Chomsky/Foucault Interview

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  1. Stuart Robinson, Summary: Chomsky/Foucault Interview

Message 1: Summary: Chomsky/Foucault Interview

Date: Wed, 21 Jan 1998 14:37:01 +1000
From: Stuart Robinson <>
Subject: Summary: Chomsky/Foucault Interview

Summary: Chomsky/Foucault Interview

In early December of last year, I posted a query to the Linguist List
concerning a "debate" (which was more of a joint interview) between
Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault which I saw in the film
_Manufacturing Consent_. I was hoping to find the transcript from the
debate and/or the original footage. Unfortunately, I was only able to
track down the former. It can be found in its entirety in the
following books:

Elder, Fons (ed.). 1974. _Reflexive Water: The Basic Concerns of
Mankind_. Souvenir Press, pp. 170-187.

Davidson, Arnold I. (ed.). 1997. _Foucault and his Interlocutors_. U
Chicago P.

A selection from the interview can be found at <
jnl-crit-inq/foucault/foucault.chomsky.html> or in the following book:

Achbar, Mark. 1994. _Manufacturing Consent_. U Toronto Press.

Apparently, the original footage would be difficult to obtain. In the
words of some of the people who responded:

"The video itself is virtually ungettable, since I know that the
Davidson went thought the sources to the relevant Dutch T.V. station,
but was never able to find out who owns the copyright to it." --Diane

"A Dutch broadcaster, NOS, would have the original video, but it will
be fairly costly to obtain a dub I expect." --Mark Achbar

Many thanks to all of the people who replied.


Stuart Robinson <>
Linguistics Department
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200
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