Chomsky and Deconstruction: The Politics of Unconscious Knowledge

Hardcover | January 15, 2011

byChristopher Wise

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Chomsky and Deconstruction responds to Noam Chomsky’s criticisms of deconstructive theorists by exploring the historical dimensions of Chomsky’s own philosophy of language.  Wise suggests that the Cartesian basis of the linguist’s own thought complicates his claims to have escaped the ancient problems of metaphysics.  This book offers a measured response to Chomsky’s criticisms of deconstructive and empiricist theorists of language like Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Martin Heidegger, and Jacques Lacan and reveals the shared philosophical basis between linguistic theories and politics.

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Chomsky and Deconstruction responds to Noam Chomsky’s criticisms of deconstructive theorists by exploring the historical dimensions of Chomsky’s own philosophy of language.  Wise suggests that the Cartesian basis of the linguist’s own thought complicates his claims to have escaped the ancient problems of metaphysics.  This book offers ...

Christopher Wise is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Western Washington University.  He is the author of Being Arab: Arabism and the Politics of Recognition; Derrida, Africa, and the Middle East; and The Yambo Ouologuem Reader, among others.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:204 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:January 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230110827

ISBN - 13:9780230110823

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Politics of Unconscious Knowledge * Cerebral Hermeneutics * The Ungiven-Given * Locke’s Misreading of Descartes and Other Fairy Tales * Identity Politics and The Pedagogy of Competence

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“Chomsky makes very harsh assessments of the scholarship of people like Derrida, and Wise does a good job of showing that it is not simply that deconstructionist theorists ‘write gibberish,’ but that they hold views that challenge many of Chomsky’s basic philosophical assumptions. This book places Chomsky in the history of Western philosophy and shows why the linguists influenced by Chomsky would do well to pay more attention to what is happening in critical theory today, outside the more narrowly defined field of generative theoretical linguistics.”--Fallou Ngom, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the African Language Program, Boston University