Noam Chomsky: A Life of Dissent
This biography describes the intellectual and political milieus that helped shape Noam Chomsky, a pivotal figure in contemporary linguistics, politics, cognitive psychology, and philosophy. It also presents an engaging political history of the last several decades, including such events as the Spanish Civil War, the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the march on the Pentagon to protest the Vietnam War. The book highlights Chomsky's views on the uses and misuses of the university as an institution, his assessment of useful political engagement, and his doubts about postmodernism. Because Chomsky is given ample space to articulate his views on many of the major issues relating to his work, both linguistic and political, this book reads like the autobiography that Chomsky says he will never write.
Barsky's account reveals the remarkable consistency in Chomsky's interests and principles over the course of his life. The book contains well-placed excerpts from Chomsky's published writings and unpublished correspondence, including the author's own years-long correspondence with Chomsky.
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About the Author
Inspired by the works and the milieus of Noam Chomsky, Robert Barsky works at the intersection of literature, law and language theory, where he explores, among other issues, the challenges faced by vulnerable peoples including refugees, homeless people and undocumented migrants. He is currently working on a book about the radical Zionist organization Avukah, and he is completing a project that reviews canonical works from the Great Tradition through the perspective of vulnerable migrants.He is the author of Noam Chomsky: A Life of Dissent, The Chomsky Effect: A Radical Works Beyond the Ivory Tower, and Zellig Harris: From American Linguistics to Socialist Zionism, all three published by the MIT Press.