Problems of knowledge and freedom: the Russell lectures

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Vintage Books, 1972 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 111 pages
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Originally delivered in 1971 as the first Cambridge lectures in memory of Bertrand Russell, Problems of Knowledge and Freedom is an erudite and cogent synthesis of Noam Chomsky's moral philosophy, linguistic analysis, and emergent political critique of America's war in Vietnam. In the first half of this wide-ranging work, Chomsky takes up Russell's lifelong search for the empirical principles of human understanding, in a philosophical overview referencing Hume, Leibniz, Wittgenstein, and others. In the following half, aptly-titled "On Changing the World," Chomsky applies these concepts to the issues that would remain the focus of his increasingly political work of the period. These include the war in Indochina and the Cold War ideology that supported it, the centralization of U.S. decision-making in the Pentagon and the growing influence of multinational corporations in those circles, the politicization of American universities in the post-World War II years, along with his reflections on the Cuban missile crisis and the mass liberation movements of the era. This is the third in a series of Chomsky's early political books reissued by The New Press. The others are American Power and the New Mandarins and For Reasons of State. Book jacket.

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User Review  - Nativeabuse - Goodreads

These two lectures really don't go at all together, other than the fact that they are both about russell, they just don't really go together. Also the lectures themselves were not very good and didn't amount to much in the end. I was really disappointed. Read full review

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User Review  - Signe White - Goodreads

A bit dense, but interesting. Read full review

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Noam Chomsky is Professor of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.