Noam Chomsky is one of the leading intellectual figures of modern
times. He has had a major influence on linguistics, psychology and
philosophy, and a significant effect on many other disciplines,
from anthropology to mathematics, education to literary criticism.
In this rigorous yet accessible account of Chomsky's work and
influence, Neil Smith analyses Chomsky's key contributions to the
study of language and the study of mind. He gives a detailed
exposition of Chomsky's linguistic theorizing, discusses the
psychological and philosophical implications of Chomsky's work, and
argues that he has fundamentally changed the way we think of
ourselves, gaining a position in the history of ideas on a par with
that of Darwin or Descartes. This second edition has been
thoroughly updated to account for Chomsky's most recent work,
including his continued contributions to linguistics, his further
discussion on evolution, and his extensive work on the events of
September 11th, 2001.