1 Chomsky’s Contributions 7
2 The Mind and Its Sciences 26
3 Partitioning the Mind: Bad and Good Cognitive Science 52
4 Human Problem-Solving Capacities 69
5 The Science of Language 89
6 Linguistic Meanings and Their Uses 136
7 Chomsky on Politics: Some Basic Themes 158
8 Language and Politics: Justification 205
Paul Pietroski, University of Maryland
"McGilvray has achieved something extraordinary with this compact, accessible and penetrating text. Not only does he insightfully connect Chomsky’s voluminous contributions to current affairs with his equally voluminous work in generative grammar and philosophy of mind and language, he also gets the complex synthesis exactly right. The result is a tour de force. From now on, his is the book on Chomsky that I will direct my students to."
Robert Stainton, University of Western Ontario
"This text highlights Chomsky’s exceptional contribution to the science of language as a biological organ, to the naturalistic theory of mind, and to the view of political systems as means to meet the fundamental needs of humans. McGilvray cleverly evidences Chomsky’s unification of the science of language, human nature and politics."
Anna Maria Di Sciullo, University of Québec at Montréal
"This book provides an accessible introduction to Chomsky. Researchers and students of linguistics, philosophy, cognitive science and politics will find it an interesting read."
Political Studies Review
- Noam Chomsky is one of the most influential figures in contemporary intellectual life, known for his groundbreaking contributions to a range of fields from linguistics to political theory.
- This is a fully revised and updated edition of James McGilvray’s highly successful introduction to Chomsky’s work and thought.
- Unlike other titles on the market, this is a fully comprehensive analysis, spanning the full range of Chomsky’s writings, from his pioneering work in linguistics to his incisive political commentary
- This conceptually rich yet accessible introduction will appeal to readers in linguistics and across the social sciences