Noam Chomsky: Critical Explorations in Contemporary Political Thought, ISBN-13: 978-1137320209

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Noam Chomsky: Critical Explorations in Contemporary Political Thought, ISBN-13: 978-1137320209

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  • Publisher: ‎ Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2015 edition (August 4, 2015)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 208 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1137320206
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1137320209

Exploring the key debates surrounding human nature, epistemology, the nature of social knowledge, foreign policy, the Propaganda Model, the anarchist tradition and the revolutionary transformation of society, this book reveals and explains the structure and power of Chomsky’s work.

The purpose of this book is to explore the significance and contemporary relevance of Noam Chomsky’s social and political thought. Chomsky is both a scholar and a political activist and has come to be regarded as a controversial figure in the two arenas. Although widely read, his works have been systematically relegated to the outer realms of academic scholarship and apparent obscurity, rather than being seen as a distinctive contribution to academic debates and the canon itself.

Chomsky (born 1928–), Libertarian Socialist and Emeritus Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, first came to prominence in the 1950s when he pioneered a revolutionary approach to linguistics. His approach involved an understanding of speech acquisition that relied upon his theory of generative grammar. This theory successfully challenged dominant behaviourist accounts, and it transformed the study of human language. Alongside his extensive work in linguistics, and following his very public opposition to the Vietnam War, Chomsky has also written prodigiously about American foreign policy and the political economy of the media. While Chomsky himself has sought to keep these two arenas of his work separate, as the chapters within demonstrate, the two display the same interesting ontological and epistemological threads.

Alison Edgley, Associate Professor of Social Science and Health, University of Nottingham, UK Benjamin J. Pauli, Lecturer, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA James McGilvray, Emeritus Professor, McGill University, Canada Matthew Alford, Associate Teacher, University of Bristol, UK Ronald E. Osborn, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Peace and Justice Studies Program, Wellesley College, USA Peter Wilkin, Reader in Sociology and Communications, Brunel University, UK Piers Robinson, Senior Lecturer in International Politics, University of Manchester, UK Milan Rai, award-winning peace activist.

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