The Chomsky-Foucault Debate: On Human Nature

The Chomsky-Foucault Debate: On Human Nature

Noam Chomsky, Michel Foucault


of the 20th century's such a lot influential thinkers debate a perennial question.

In 1971, on the top of the Vietnam battle and at a time of significant political and social instability, of the world's top intellectuals, Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault, have been invited by way of Dutch thinker Fons Edlers to discuss an age-old query: is there this sort of factor as "innate" human nature autonomous of our reviews and exterior influences?

The ensuing discussion is likely one of the most unusual, provocative, and spontaneous exchanges to have happened among modern philosophers, and notably serves as a concise creation to their uncomplicated theories. What starts off as a philosophical argument rooted in linguistics (Chomsky) and the idea of data (Foucault), quickly evolves right into a broader dialogue encompassing a variety of subject matters, from technology, historical past, and behaviorism to creativity, freedom, and the fight for justice within the realm of politics.

In addition to the talk itself, this quantity includes a newly written creation via famous Foucault pupil John Rajchman and comprises extra textual content through Noam Chomsky.

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