Human Nature: Justice Versus Power (Paperback)

The Chomsky-Foucault Debate

Michel Foucault, Noam Chomsky

The legendary debate between Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault on the question of human nature

In 1971, at a time of enormous political and social change, two of the world's leading intellectuals, Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault, were invited by the Dutch philosopher Fons Elders to debate the question: is there an 'innate' human nature independent of our experiences and external influences?

Their debate was one of the most provocative and original debates to have occurred between contemporary philosophers and serves as a concise introduction to their respective philosophical theories. While the debate began rooted in linguistics and theory of knowledge (the core interests of the two philosophers who are arguably the defining academic minds of the late twentieth-century) it became a much wider discussion, encompassing topics from history and behaviourism to creativity, freedom and the struggle for political justice.

This is an intellectually exciting record of a meeting between two important philosophers and it also serves as the best possible introduction to the essential concerns and ideas of contemporary philosophy.

Publication date: 06/10/2011

£10.00

ISBN: 9780285640443

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Philosophy & Ideas

Foreword by: Fons Elders

Human Nature: Justice Versus Power (Ebook)

The Chomsky-Foucault Debate

Michel Foucault, Noam Chomsky

The legendary debate between Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault on the question of human nature

In 1971, at a time of enormous political and social change, two of the world's leading intellectuals, Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault, were invited by the Dutch philosopher Fons Elders to debate the question: is there an 'innate' human nature independent of our experiences and external influences?

Their debate was one of the most provocative and original debates to have occurred between contemporary philosophers and serves as a concise introduction to their respective philosophical theories. While the debate began rooted in linguistics and theory of knowledge (the core interests of the two philosophers who are arguably the defining academic minds of the late twentieth-century) it became a much wider discussion, encompassing topics from history and behaviourism to creativity, freedom and the struggle for political justice.

This is an intellectually exciting record of a meeting between two important philosophers and it also serves as the best possible introduction to the essential concerns and ideas of contemporary philosophy.

Publication date: 20/10/2011

£8.99

ISBN: 9780285640832

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B006ZOYMK4

Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Philosophy & Ideas

Foreword by: Fons Elders

Reviews for Human Nature: Justice Versus Power

'Foucault... leaves no reader untouched or unchanged.'

Edward Said 

'(Chomsky is) arguably the most important intellectual alive.'

 The New York Times

Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault was a philosopher and historian of ideas. He was, and continues to be, one of the most influential thinkers of the last century.

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky was born in Philadelphia in 1928 and studied at the university of Pennsylvania.

Known as one of the principal founders of transformational-generative grammar, he later emerged as a critic of American politics. He wrote and lectured widely on linguistics, philosophy, intellectual history, contemporary issues. He is now a Professor of Linguistics at MIT, and the author of over 150 books.