What Kind of Creatures Are We?

2016.04.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Noam Chomsky, What Kind of Creatures Are We?, Columbia University Press, 2016, 167pp., $19.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780231175968.
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2016.04.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Noam Chomsky, What Kind of Creatures Are We?, Columbia University Press, 2016, 167pp., $19.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780231175968. Reviewed by Pierre Jacob, CNRS, Institut Jean Nicod, Ecole Normale Supérieure Noam Chomsky's slim volume comprises four chapters (the last of which was published earlier by the Journal of Philosophy[1]), preceded by an excellent Introduction by the philosopher Akeel Bilgrami. The broad question considered by Chomsky gives the book its title: What Kind of Creatures Are We?  Chomsky breaks it down into three more specific questions: What is human language? What are the limits (if any) of human understanding? What is the common good to which we should strive? Chomsky's treatment of the first two questions combines tools from generative linguistics, the philosophy of the cognitive sciences, the history of philosophy and the history of science. For lack of space, I shall restrict myself to. . .

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