Chomsky – Ideas and Ideals [With chapters on The anarchist background / The critique of (American) foreign policy / The critique of domestic policy / The critique of media control].
Cambridge, University Press, 2000. 8°. IX, 268 pages. Original Softcover. Signed by Noam Chomsky on the titlepage. With some underlining and one annotation in the chapter “Modularity” [this annotation is surely NOT by Chomsky but by the preowner].
Includes the following chapters: Chapter I – The mirror of the mind: Linguistics as a science / Modularity / Competence and performance / Performance, parsing and pragmatics / Evolution and innateness / Natural language and the language of thought / Chapter II: The linguistic foundation: Introduction / Knowledge of language / The Lexicon / Knowledge of language: structure / Knowledge of language: structural relations / Levels of representation / Constituents and rules / Deep structure / Description versus explanation / Government and Binding theory / Empty categories / The status of transformations / Principles and parameters / Lexical and functional categories / Minimalism / A historical progression / Evolution / Chapter III: Psychological reality: Causality and observability / Psychological reality and the nature of evidence / Language processing / Language acquisition (Plato’s problem) / Language pathology / Connectionism: the behaviorists strike back / Chapter IV: Philosophical realism: commitments and controversies: Commitments, Controversies, Language and the World / Language and the Community / Language and the Individual / Problems of Semantics / Innateness / Unification and Reduction / Conclusions / Chapter V: Language and freedom: Explanation and dissent: threads / Rationality, modularity and creativity / The anarchist background / The critique of (American) foreign policy / The critique of domestic policy / The critique of media control / The technique of dissection / Moral absolutes and options for the future / The positive program //