Search Results: "Noam Chomsky"


BOOK REVIEW

RULES AND REPRESENTATIONS by Noam Chomsky
Released: April 1, 1980

"Difficult but not unrewarding."
The intelligent, well-informed reader who knows of Chomsky, but not all about Chomsky, would be well-advised to begin this Where-I-Stand treatise with the last chapter—a reasonably accessible presentation of Chomsky's definitions of linguistics and language; of "competence," grammatical and pragmatic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BECAUSE WE SAY SO by Noam Chomsky
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"These writings will cause anger and outrage. However, though Chomsky raises our hackles, he doesn't really tell us what to do."
Chomsky's (Making the Future, 2012, etc.) latest collection of brief essays, written between 2011 and 2015, proves that he hasn't lost his talent for screaming at Americans to wake up.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 25, 1971

"Bertrand Russell deserves better than this."
The two relatively short, disappointing pieces here — originally presented earlier this year as the first in an annual series of lectures at Trinity College, Cambridge, commemorating Bertrand Russell — are strikingly different in content and tone though both pay tribute to Russell and draw on his ideas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REFLECTIONS ON LANGUAGE by Noam Chomsky
Released: Jan. 5, 1975

"Unfortunately, the bulk of Chomsky's thesis will remain inaccessible to all but specialized audiences."
In this extremely difficult work, Chomsky confronts one element of the ancient conundrum of epistemology: on what basis is human knowledge possible? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 10, 1974

"Its affirmative features aren't really far from the spirit of neocolonialist regional development (Chomsky abstractly terms it 'binational socialism') which is mooted with contrasting saccharinity by Elon and Hassan in Between Enemies (see below)."
A small book of essays on the Mideast written from 1969 to 1973 by the political essayist and linguist Noam Chomsky. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 26, 1981

"His first book of political essays was an important assault on those foes, but the subsequent ones have grown increasingly high-strung, which helps neither Chomsky nor his cause."
Ever since American Power and the New Mandarins (1969), Chomsky has been obsessed with uncovering the pernicious relationships between state power, intellectuals, and the media (especially print). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT KIND OF CREATURES ARE WE? by Noam Chomsky
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Comprising lectures on distinctly separate topics, this short volume skims the surface of the diversity and complexity of Chomsky's expertise."
Chomsky (Emeritus, Linguistics and Philosophy/MIT; Because We Say So, 2015, etc.) reflects broadly on the nature of language, the limits of human cognition, and our role as social creatures in furthering the common good. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOR REASONS OF STATE by Noam Chomsky
Released: June 29, 1973

"But as a whole, the book is an exercise of great critical gifts on supremely important subjects."
A group of essays on the Indochina War by the MIT linguist and opponent of American Southeast Asia policy, followed by discussions of academia, language, anarchism, and the work of B. F. Skinner and hereditarian Richard Herrnstein — most of which have previously appeared in such publications as Journal of Contemporary Asia, the Yale Law Journal, Ramparts, Social Policy. and the New York Review of Books. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 1, 1978

"Although the sections on linguistics and the 'human sciences' are rather technical, the juxtaposition of Chomsky's two personas is enlightening, even if no new light is shed on the two subjects themselves."
Noam Chomsky is rightly regarded as one of the major figures in modern linguistics as the creator of generative grammar, which has transformed the discipline. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YEAR 501 by Noam Chomsky
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"White-knuckle analysis by one who shares Orwell's 'power of facing unpleasant facts.'"
The sun hasn't set on imperialism, according to famed linguist and radical thinker Chomsky (The Chomsky Reader, 1987, etc.) in this forceful analysis of global economics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO RULES THE WORLD? by Noam Chomsky
NON-FICTION
Released: May 10, 2016

"Chomsky continues to hope that demands for 'independence, self-respect, and personal dignity' may reappear 'when awakened by circumstances and militant activism,' but he doesn't appear to be holding his breath."
The dean of left-wing American public intellectuals surveys the current scene and despairs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 28, 1968

"It is hard to convey the book's gravity, simplicity, unself-righteousness and sheer intelligence; it is safe to predict both popular consumption and permanent worth."
Chomsky is doubtless the most eminent American linguist/philosopher. Read full book review >