Chomsky’s Classic Works Language and Responsibility and Reflections on Language
“The clarity of presentation at times approaches that of Bertrand Russell in his political and more popular philosophical essays.” — CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY
Described by the New York Times as “arguably the most important intellectual alive,” Noam Chomsky is known throughout the world for his highly influential writings on language and politics. Featuring two of Chomsky’s most popular and enduring books in one omnibus volume, On Language contains some of the noted linguist and political critic’s most informal and accessible work to date, making it an ideal introduction to his thought.
In Part I, Language and Responsibility (1979), Chomsky presents a fascinating self-portrait of his political, moral, and linguistic thinking through a series of interviews with Mitsou Ronat, the noted French linguist. In Part II, Reflections on Language (1975), Chomsky explores the more general implications of the study of language and offers incisive analyses of the controversies among psychologists, philosophers, and linguists over fundamental questions of language.
This edition features a beautiful new cover design in keeping with The New Press’s series of paperback reissues of classic works by Chomsky.
Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor emeritus at MIT and the author of numerous books, including Understanding Power, American Power and the New Mandarins (both available from The New Press), Hegemony or Survival, and, most recently, Failed States. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.