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Decoding Chomsky

Science and Revolutionary Politics
by Chris Knight
Yale Univ Pr

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Pub Date: 2016
Format: Hardback
Pages: 285 pp.
Size: 6.50 x 9.50 inches

ISBN: 9780300221466
TB Code: 1805476
Availability: 165 in stock

Occupying a pivotal position in postwar thought, Noam Chomsky is both the founder of modern linguistics and the world’s most prominent political dissident. Chris Knight adopts an anthropologist’s perspective on the twin output of this intellectual giant, acclaimed as much for his denunciations of US foreign policy as for his theories about language and mind. Knight explores the social and institutional context of Chomsky’s thinking, showing how the tension between military funding and his role as linchpin of the political left pressured him to establish a disconnect between science on the one hand and politics on the other, deepening a split between mind and body characteristic of Western philosophy since the Enlightenment. Provocative, fearless, and engaging, this remarkable study explains the enigma of one of the greatest intellectuals of our time.