Simply Chomsky
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Simply Chomsky

Raphael Salkie

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Simply Chomsky

Raphael Salkie

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"Noam Chomsky's work has challenged and changed our understanding of the world from his pioneering work in linguistics to his unceasing critique of the world around us. Raphael Salkie's book, Simply Chomsky, succeeds in bringing these critical issues to the attention of readers in a work at once succinct and illuminating."
—Irene Gendzier, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Political Science, Boston University Avram Noam Chomsky was born in Philadelphia in 1928 to Jewish immigrant parents who were both educators. His parents were mainstream liberals, but through relatives, Chomsky was exposed at an early age to socialism and other progressive ideas that shaped his politics. After earning his Ph.D. in theoretical linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1955 and a fellowship at Harvard University, Chomsky became a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His first book, Syntactic Structures, published in 1957 and now considered a classic, not only shook up the study of linguistics, but also had a profound effect on philosophy and psychology, and laid the groundwork for the field of cognitive science. In the 1960s, Chomsky took part in protests against the Vietnam War and began writing the articles that initiated his other career as a public dissident and political thinker. Over the course of the next 60 years, Chomsky would continue to be a major voice in both areas, embodying a lifelong commitment to intellectual exploration, freedom of thought, and human rights. In Simply Chomsky, Professor Raphael Salkie provides a compact, user-friendly introduction to Noam Chomsky's political activism and his groundbreaking work in linguistics. Unlike most Chomsky studies, Prof. Salkie not only covers the essentials of Chomsky's thought and accomplishments, but also explores his most recent concerns—including the climate crisis, the threat of nuclear holocaust, and current geopolitical hotspots—which are often very different from the topics that preoccupied him decades ago. For students of linguistics, for those interested in U.S. foreign policy, and for anyone concerned about the enormous problems facing the world, Simply Chomsky will be exhilarating and thought-provoking reading. Noam Chomsky has spent his life challenging widely accepted assumptions and beliefs and has made an indelible mark on world affairs and human thought. Simply Chomsky offers a special opportunity to find out more about this remarkable and always engaging contrarian thinker.

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Indice dei contenuti

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Table Of Contents
  5. Praise for Simply Chomsky
  6. Other Great Lives
  7. Series Editor's Foreword
  8. Acknowledgements
  9. Author-date System
  10. Preface
  11. Chomsky’s Life
  12. Myths
  13. Education
  14. Anarchism
  15. Propaganda
  16. Korea
  17. The Middle East
  18. Nuclear Dangers
  19. Climate Catastrophe
  20. Democracy in America
  21. What is Language? The “Basic Property”
  22. Universal Grammar
  23. Language Acquisition
  24. Meaning
  25. Evolution
  26. Responsible and irresponsible intellectuals
  27. Chomsky’s legacy
  28. Endnotes
  29. Sources
  30. Suggested Reading
  31. About the Author
  32. A Word from the Publisher
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APA 6 Citation

Salkie, R. (2021). Simply Chomsky ([edition unavailable]). Simply Charly. Retrieved from (Original work published 2021)

Chicago Citation

Salkie, Raphael. (2021) 2021. Simply Chomsky. [Edition unavailable]. Simply Charly.

Harvard Citation

Salkie, R. (2021) Simply Chomsky. [edition unavailable]. Simply Charly. Available at: (Accessed: 15 October 2022).

MLA 7 Citation

Salkie, Raphael. Simply Chomsky. [edition unavailable]. Simply Charly, 2021. Web. 15 Oct. 2022.