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Chomsky : between science and politics

By Thomas (R8977) Klikauer

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Book review: Decoding Chomsky: Science and Revolutionary Politics, by Chris Knight, New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 2016. Chris Knight’s book on the science and politics of the world’s most influential intellectual — Noam Chomsky — is an insightful book and, one might say, a-pleasure-to-read kind of book. It is not strictly a biography but a discussion of “Chomsky’s dilemma,” though Chomsky might not see it as a dilemma at all, presenting the rational, logical and decidedly non-political linguist (the scientist) on the one hand, and the political activist (the progressive advocate) on the other. This, it appears, is a problem for many supporters and critics of Chomsky but not for the man himself. Chomsky neatly separates the two spheres—science here and politics over there; for him the two simply never meet. Knight traces the early years of Chomsky until today while always keeping the reader on track. He consistently alludes to the two spheres as Chomsky sees them, or the two spheres that can never be separated from one another as Knight argues

Topics: XXXXXX - Unknown, Chris Knight, 1942- . Decoding Chomsky: Science and Revolutionary Politics, criticism, interpretation, etc., book reviews
Publisher: U.K., Routledge
Year: 2018
DOI identifier: 10.1080/10848770.2018.1433385
OAI identifier: oai:nuws:uws_45912
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