By Noam Chomsky, Michel Foucault
of the 20th century's so much influential thinkers debate a perennial question.
In 1971, on the peak of the Vietnam conflict and at a time of serious political and social instability, of the world's top intellectuals, Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault, have been invited by way of Dutch thinker Fons Edlers to discuss an age-old query: is there one of these factor as "innate" human nature self sustaining of our studies and exterior influences?
The ensuing discussion is likely one of the most unusual, provocative, and spontaneous exchanges to have happened among modern philosophers, and peculiarly serves as a concise creation to their simple theories. What starts off as a philosophical argument rooted in linguistics (Chomsky) and the idea of data (Foucault), quickly evolves right into a broader dialogue encompassing a variety of themes, from technological know-how, background, and behaviorism to creativity, freedom, and the fight for justice within the realm of politics.
In addition to the controversy itself, this quantity includes a newly written creation via famous Foucault pupil John Rajchman and comprises extra textual content through Noam Chomsky.