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New Horizons in the Study of Language and Mind by Noam Chomsky
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Sep 30, 07

Read in September, 2007

Chomsky takes almost all of philosophical common sense about language and mind by the neck and shakes the crap out of it. His primary target in the various essays collected here is methodological dualism: the idea that the empirical study of language and mind has to proceed by different methods than the empirical study of other topics. Along the way he attacks the idea of the explanatory value of public language and the idea that it is possible to formulate a coherent notion of body (or the physical) to play a role in the so-called mind-body problem. And Chomsky provides a range of examples that might serve as fodder for contextualists who want to argue that our grasp of ordinary language is thoroughly interest-relative. There is plenty to disagree with here, but it's exciting philosophy.

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