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Title: The Science of Language
Subtitle: Interviews with James McGilvray
Written By: Noam Chomsky
James McGilvray

Noam Chomsky is one of the most influential thinkers of our time, yet his views are often misunderstood. In this previously unpublished series of interviews, Chomsky discusses his iconoclastic and important ideas concerning language, human nature and politics. In dialogue with James McGilvray, Professor of Philosophy at McGill University, Chomsky takes up a wide variety of topics – the nature of language, the philosophies of language and mind, morality and universality, science and common sense, and the evolution of language. McGilvray's extensive commentary helps make this incisive set of interviews accessible to a variety of readers. The volume is essential reading for those involved in the study of language and mind, as well as anyone with an interest in Chomsky's ideas. Table of Contents Introduction Part I. The Science of Language and Mind: 1. Language, function, communication: language and the use of language 2. On a formal theory of language and its accommodation to biology. The distinctive nature of human concepts 3. Representation and computation 4. More on human concepts 5. Reflections on the study of language 6. Parameters, canalization, innateness, universal grammar 7. Development, master/control genes, etc. 8. Perfection and design (interview 20 January 2009) 9. Universal grammar and simplicity 10. On some intellectual ailments of scientists 11. The place of language in the mind 12. Chomsky's intellectual contributions 13. Simplicity and its role in Chomsky's work 14. Chomsky and Nelson Goodman Part II. Human Nature and its Study: 15. Chomsky on human nature and human understanding 16. Human nature and evolution: thoughts on sociobiology and evolutionary psychology 17. Human nature again 18. Morality and universalization 19. Optimism and grounds for it 20. Language, agency, common sense, and science 21. Philosophers and their roles 22. Biophysical limitations on understanding 23. Epistemology and biological limits 24. Studies of mind and behavior and their limitations 25. Linguistics and politics

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781107602403
Pages: 328
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Pages: 328
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