Chomsky: A Guide for the Perplexed (Google eBook)

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A&C Black, Jul 14, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 242 pages
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Noam Chomsky is one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth-century. His work in linguistics, philosophy and political theory has spanned six decades, and has been met with critical acclaim and controversy in equal measure. This book is an introduction to Chomsky's theoretical writings, but also a critical engagement with his work. Chomsky: A Guide for the Perplexed covers every aspect of Chomsky's thought, from transformational grammar to political dissent. John Collins shows how Chomsky's linguistic theory, philosophy and politics are all connected, and by so doing helps the reader to understand this key thinker's massive contribution to twentieth-century thought. The book examines: the different faces of NoamChomsky; transformational grammar; Chomsky's opposition to behaviorism; government and binding theory; the minimalist program; and libertarian socialism.
  

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Contents

1 Problems with the Chomskys
1
2 Methodological Foundations
22
3 Transformations
59
Nativism and Universal Grammar
82
5 The Review of Skinner
112
Inside or Outside the Mind?
131
7 Developments in Syntax
156
8 The Minimalist Program
191
Notes
218
References
222
Index
227
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John Collins is Lecturer in the School of Philosophy, University of East Anglia, UK.

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