The Chomsky-Foucault Debate: On Human Nature

By Noam Chomsky, Michel Foucault

of the 20th century's so much influential thinkers debate a perennial question.

In 1971, on the peak of the Vietnam battle and at a time of serious political and social instability, of the world's prime intellectuals, Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault, have been invited via Dutch thinker Fons Edlers to discuss an age-old query: is there any such factor as "innate" human nature autonomous of our studies and exterior influences?

The ensuing discussion is among the most unique, provocative, and spontaneous exchanges to have happened among modern philosophers, and especially serves as a concise advent to their easy theories. What starts as a philosophical argument rooted in linguistics (Chomsky) and the speculation of information (Foucault), quickly evolves right into a broader dialogue encompassing quite a lot of subject matters, from technology, background, and behaviorism to creativity, freedom, and the fight for justice within the realm of politics.

In addition to the talk itself, this quantity encompasses a newly written advent by way of famous Foucault pupil John Rajchman and contains extra textual content via Noam Chomsky.

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