The Chomsky Foucault Debate

Author: Noam Chomsky
Publisher: The New Press
ISBN: 1595586571
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In 1971, at the height of the Vietnam War and at a time of great political and social instability, two of the world’s leading intellectuals, Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault, were invited by Dutch philosopher Fons Elders to debate an age-old question: is there such a thing as “innate” human nature independent of our experiences and external influences? The resulting dialogue is one of the most original, provocative, and spontaneous exchanges to have occurred between contemporary philosophers, and above all serves as a concise introduction to their basic theories. What begins as a philosophical argument rooted in linguistics (Chomsky) and the theory of knowledge (Foucault), soon evolves into a broader discussion encompassing a wide range of topics, from science, history, and behaviorism to creativity, freedom, and the struggle for justice in the realm of politics. In addition to the debate itself, this volume features a newly written introduction by noted Foucault scholar John Rajchman and includes substantial additional texts by Chomsky and Foucault.

Human Nature Justice Versus Power

Author: Noam Chomsky
Publisher: Souvenir Press
ISBN: 0285640836
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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.

La Naturaleza Humana

Author: Noam Chomsky
Publisher: Katz Editores
ISBN: 8493518727
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En noviembre de 1971, la televisión holandesa transmitió un diálogo entre Noam Chomsky y Michel Foucault, moderado por Fons Elders, que se inscribía en la serie de encuentros organizados por el International Philosophers Project. Ya en la presentación del encuentro, y anticipando lo que posiblemente ocurriría, Elders caracterizó a los oponentes como "dos obreros que estuviesen perforando un túnel en una montaña, cada uno desde un lado opuesto, con instrumentos diferentes, y sin saber si se encontrarán". En efecto, si bien las preocupaciones de los dos intelectuales eran coincidentes en muchos aspectos, tanto las herramientas filosóficas con las que abordaban su trabajo como las conclusiones a que los llevaban sus investigaciones eran ya radicalmente distintas y, en muchos casos, francamente contradictorias. El debate se llevó a cabo en dos partes. La primera, de carácter más bien filosófico, permitió a cada uno desarrollar sus respectivas posturas y delimitar el campo de sus intereses. La segunda, más netamente política, se convirtió en un verdadero duelo de argumentos en el que se expresarían, con no menos inteligencia que acidez, fuertes divergencias. Publicado íntegro por primera vez en este volumen, 'La naturaleza humana: justicia versus poder', es un extraordinario modelo de intercambio intelectual, una puesta en perspectiva de las estrategias de pensamiento de Foucault y de Chomsky y un magnífico documento del encuentro entre dos de las figuras más importantes de la filosofía del siglo XX.

The Passion Of Michel Foucault

Author: James Miller
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674001572
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Based on extensive new research and a bold interpretation of the man and his texts, The Passion of Michel Foucault is a startling look at one of this century's most influential philosophers. It chronicles every stage of Foucault's personal and professional odyssey, from his early interest in dreams to his final preoccupation with sexuality and the nature of personal identity.

Fundamental Shakespeare

Author: Ismail Salami
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443886211
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The contributions to this book examine various facets of the work of Shakespeare from an Eastern perspective. As such, Fundamental Shakespeare sheds fresh light on, and offers new insights to, a wide range of topics including politics, psychology and discourse. Divided into three separate categories, this volume brings to the fore long-standing, but under-explored areas of Shakespeare studies.

Edward Said And The Religious Effects Of Culture

Author: William D. Hart
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521778107
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This book provides a distinctive account of Edward Said's critique of modern culture by highlighting the religion-secularism distinction on which it is predicated. It refers to religious and secular traditions and to tropes that extend the meaning and reference of religion and secularism in indeterminate ways. It covers Said's heterogeneous corpus--from Joseph Conrad and the Fiction of Autobiography, his first book, to Orientalism, his most influential book, to his recent writings on the Palestinian question. The religion-secularism distinction lies behind Said's cultural criticism, and his notion of intellectual responsibility.


Author: Rita Felski
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421409496
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Writing and teaching across cultures and disciplines makes the act of comparison inevitable. Comparative theory and methods of comparative literature and cultural anthropology have permeated the humanities as they engage more centrally with the cultural flows and circulation of past and present globalization. How do scholars make ethically and politically responsible comparisons without assuming that their own values and norms are the standard by which other cultures should be measured? Comparison expands upon a special issue of the journal New Literary History, which analyzed theories and methodologies of comparison. Six new essays from senior scholars of transnational and postcolonial studies complement the original ten pieces. The work of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Ella Shohat, Robert Stam, R. Radhakrishnan, Bruce Robbins, Ania Loomba, Haun Saussy, Linda Gordon, Walter D. Mignolo, Shu-mei Shih, and Pheng Cheah are included with contributions by anthropologists Caroline B. Brettell and Richard Handler. Historical periods discussed range from the early modern to the contemporary and geographical regions that encompass the globe. Ultimately, Comparison argues for the importance of greater self-reflexivity about the politics and methods of comparison in teaching and in research. -- Eric Hayot, Pennsylvania State University

On Anarchism

Author: Noam Chomsky
Publisher: The New Press
ISBN: 1595589511
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On Anarchism provides the reasoning behind Noam Chomsky's fearless lifelong questioning of the legitimacy of entrenched power. In these essays, Chomsky redeems one of the most maligned ideologies, anarchism, and places it at the foundation of his political thinking. Chomsky's anarchism is distinctly optimistic and egalitarian. Moreover, it is a living, evolving tradition that is situated in a historical lineage; Chomsky's anarchism emphasizes the power of collective, rather than individualist, action. The collection includes a revealing new introduction by journalist Nathan Schneider, who documented the Occupy movement for Harper's and The Nation, and who places Chomsky's ideas in the contemporary political moment. On Anarchism will be essential reading for a new generation of activists who are at the forefront of a resurgence of interest in anarchism—and for anyone who struggles with what can be done to create a more just world.

Foucault On The Politics Of Parrhesia

Author: T. Dyrberg
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137368357
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Foucault saw the notion of parrhesia (truth-telling) as the most important factor for how governments could and should communicate with their people and vice versa. This important collection compiles and analyses Foucault's views on parrhesia to shed new light on his ideas on the importance of truth-telling in democracies.


Author: Michel Foucault
ISBN: 9781565842571
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"Power," the third and final volume of The New Press's Essential Works of Foucault series, draws together Foucault's contributions to what he saw as the still-underdeveloped practice of political analysis. It covers the domains Foucault helped to make part of the core agenda of Western political culture--medicine, psychiatry, the penal system, sexuality--illuminating and expanding on the themes of "The Birth of the Clinic," "Discipline and Punish," and the first volume of "The History of Sexuality." "Power" includes previously unpublished lectures, later writings highlighting Foucault's revolutionary analysis of the politics of personal conduct and freedom, interviews, and letters that illuminate Foucault's own political activism.