Throughout these Reflections, Chomsky offers incisive analyses of the controversies raging today among psychologist, philosophers and linguist over the acquisition of cognitive structures, the way language interacts with other mental organs, and the way cognitive structures enter into the guide of human activity. He explores the social and intellectual factors that have led to the dominance of certain ways of thinking, and asks why the study of mind and behavior has so often followed a path remote from the general approach of the natural science. In examining some of the implications of recent work, he suggests that the conception of man as totally malleable not only is false but serves naturally as a support for reactionary social doctrines.
Temple Smith. 1976 (UK first edition). Hardback with dust jacket. Minor underlines. 266 pages.