Noam Chomsky – Biography – IMDb

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Noam Chomsky was born on December 7, 1928, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His undergraduate and graduate years were spent at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his PhD in linguistics in 1955. From 1951-55, he was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows. While a Junior Fellow he completed his doctoral dissertation, entitled, “Transformational Analysis.” The major theoretical viewpoints of the dissertation appeared in the monograph “Syntactic Structure”, published in 1957. This formed part of a more extensive work, “The Logical Structure of Linguistic Theory”, circulated in mimeograph in 1955 and published in 1975.

Chomsky joined the staff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1955 and in 1961 was appointed full professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (now the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy.) From 1966 to 1976 he held the Ferrari P. Ward Professorship of Modern Languages and Linguistics. In 1976 he was appointed Institute Professor. From 1958-59 he was in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, NJ. In the spring of 1969 he delivered the John Locke Lectures at Oxford; in January 1970 he delivered the Bertrand Russell Memorial Lecture at Cambridge University; in 1972, the Nehru Memorial Lecture in New Delhi; and in 1977 the Huizinga Lecture in Leiden, among many others. Prof. Chomsky has received honorary degrees from the University of London, the University of Chicago, Loyola University of Chicago, Swarthmore College, Delhi University, Bard College, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Amherst College, Cambridge University, the University of Buenos Aires, McGill University, the Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Tarragona, Columbia University, the University of Connecticut, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Toronto, Harvard University, the University of Calcutta and Universidad Nacional De Colombia. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Science. He is also a member of other professional and learned societies in the United States and abroad, and is a recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association, the Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences, the Helmholtz Medal, the Dorothy Eldridge Peacemaker Award, the Ben Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science, and others. Chomsky has written and lectured widely on linguistics, philosophy, intellectual history, contemporary issues, international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. His works include “Aspects of the Theory of Syntax”; “Cartesian Linguistics”; “Sound Pattern of English” (with Morris Halle); “Language and Mind”; “American Power and the New Mandarins”; “At War with Asia”; “For Reasons of State”; “Peace in the Middle East?”; “Reflections on Language”; “The Political Economy of Human Rights, Vol. I and II” (with E.S. Herman); “Rules and Representations”; “Lectures on Government and Binding”; “Towards a New Cold War”; “Radical Priorities”; “Fateful Triangle”; “Knowledge of Language”; “Turning the Tide”; “Pirates and Emperors”; “On Power and Ideology”; “Language and Problems of Knowledge”; “The Culture of Terrorism”; “Manufacturing Consent” (with E.S. Herman); “Necessary Illusions”; “Deterring Democracy”; “Year 501”; “Rethinking Camelot: JFK, the Vietnam War and US Political Culture”; “Letters from Lexington”; “World Orders, Old and New”; “The Minimalist Program”; “Powers and Prospects”; “The Common Good”; Profit Over People”; “The New Military Humanism”; “New Horizons in the Study of Language and Mind”; “Rogue States”; “A New Generation Draws the Line”; “9-11”; and “Understanding Power”.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: MIT Linguistics Department (corrections by A. Nonymous)

Libertarian socialist activist and Professor of Linguistics at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Has written a number of books highly critical of the military-industrial complex and political corruption.

Biography/bibliography in: “Contemporary Authors”. New Revision Series, Vol. 132, pp. 75-85. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.

Joined the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1955 and in 1961 was appointed full professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (now the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy). From 1966 to 1976 he held the Ferrari P. Ward Professorship of Modern Languages and Linguistics, and in 1976 he was appointed Institute Professor. As of 2008, Chomsky has taught at MIT continuously for 53 years.

His 1957 work “Syntactic Structures” revolutionized the field of linguistics, fundamentally changing the current understanding of language and mind.

At the age of ten, he wrote his first political article on the fight against fascism in Spain.

The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants, and aliens, the more you control all the people.

For those who stubbornly seek freedom, there can be no more urgent task than to come to understand the mechanisms and practices of indoctrination. These are easy to perceive in the totalitarian societies, much less so in the system of “brainwashing under freedom” to which we are subjected and which all too often we serve as willing or unwitting instruments.

The country was founded on the principle that the primary role of government is to protect property from the majority. And so it remains.

The internet is an elite organization; most of the population of the world has never even made a phone call.

Education is a system of imposed ignorance.

[in defense of WikiLeaks] At stake is the question of whether the citizens of a country have a right to know what their elected officials are doing. Those who have a lingering affection for an odd notion called “democracy” believe that this is important. To be sure, a state has the right to keep some matters secret. I haven’t read all the WikiLeaks exposures, but I have read quite a few, and I have not seen an example of anything that could legitimately be kept secret, nor, to my knowledge, have the horde of angry critics presented an example. I should say that this is not unusual. Anyone who has spent time studying declassified documents is well aware that overwhelmingly, they are kept secret to protect elected officials from the scrutiny of citizens, not for defense or some other legitimate purpose. [2012]

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