The Chomsky-Foucault Debate
The Chomsky-Foucault Debate
On Human Nature
Noam Chomsky, Michel Foucault

Two of the twentieth century's most influential thinkers debate a perennial question.

In 1971, at the height of the Vietnam War and at a time of great political and social instability, two of the world's leading intellectuals, Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault, were invited by Dutch philosopher Fons Edlers to debate an age-old question: is there such a thing as "innate" human nature independent of our experiences and external influences?

The resulting dialogue is one of the most original, provocative, and spontaneous exchanges to have occurred between contemporary philosophers, and above all serves as a concise introduction to their basic theories. What begins as a philosophical argument rooted in linguistics (Chomsky) and the theory of knowledge (Foucault), soon evolves into a broader discussion encompassing a wide range of topics, from science, history, and behaviorism to creativity, freedom, and the struggle for justice in the realm of politics.

In addition to the debate itself, this volume features a newly written introduction by noted Foucault scholar John Rajchman and includes additional text by Noam Chomsky.

Title The Chomsky-Foucault Debate
Subtitle On Human Nature
Authors Noam Chomsky, Michel Foucault
Publisher New Press, The
Title First Published 13 September 2006
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 128 p.
ISBN-10 1595581340
ISBN-13 9781595581341
Publication Date 13 September 2006
Main content page count 128
Weight 16 oz.

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