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Question by  yama (9)

Is the Chomsky that is associated with linguistics the same one that is the left-wing nut job?

My daughter is studying him in a psych class; I wondered if it's the same guy.


Answer by  RunawayJim (964)

Yes and No. I believe that Noam Chomsky is the same; he was an activist, linguist, and philosopher among other things. I said no because left wing nut job is a horrible description of the man. You must be a right wing nut job then?


Answer by  Anonymous

He helped start a very interesting aprioristic trend in rationalist grammar studies, but as a political guy, he is a complete nutjob. Though his ideas are for "libertarian" socialism, all socialism is inherently un-"libertarian." He seems to think that we ought to run the world like a labor union.


Answer by  sonicfoundation (2597)

Noam Chomsky is a professor of linguistics and would the the same guy she is studying in her psych class. His interests and academic work also extend outside the realm of linguistic and he is the same liberal thinker you are referring to.

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