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Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Noam Chomsky (1928 - )

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Kawika February 8th, 2006 02:45 AM PST

Understanding Power is a good place to start if you are interested in reading Chomsky, it provides a good range of his views in a conversational format that cuts through what can sometimes be a very scholarly writing style.

pen127 September 25th, 2008 04:57 PM PST

Although I agree that Understanding Power is a good starting place for Chomsky - it's where I started; I feel that for the first time read one should approach his more recent works. His works have become much easier to digest in recent years, especially for the 1st time explorer. Working backwards is the key with Chomsky.


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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Avram Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is the Institute Professor Emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Chomsky is credited with the creation of the theory of generative grammar, often considered the most significant contribution to the field of theoretical linguistics of the 20th century. He also helped spark the cognitive revolution in psychology through his review of B. F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior, which challenged the behaviorist approach to the study of mind and language dominant in the 1950s. His naturalistic approach to the study of language has also affected the philosophy of language and mind. He is also credited with the establishment of the so-called Chomsky hierarchy, a classification of formal languages in terms of their generative power. Along with his linguistics work, Chomsky is also widely known for his political activism, and for his criticism of the foreign policy of the United States and other governments. Chomsky describes himself as a libertarian socialist, a sympathizer of anarcho-syndicalism, and is often considered to be a key intellectual figure within the left wing of American politics. According to the Arts and Humanities Citation Index, between 1980 and 1992 Chomsky was cited as a source more often than any living scholar, and the eighth most cited source overall.

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