About this Fellow
Linguistic Theory, Syntax, Semantics, Philosophy of Language
- Emeritus Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT
- Laureate Professor of Linguistics, Agnese Nelms Haury Chair, University of Arizona
- Institute Professor & Professor of Linguistics emeritus, MIT Linguistics and Philosophy, 1955 - 2017
Originally published in the New York Review of Books, Chomsky’s essay eviscerated the “hypocritical moralism of the past” (such as when Woodrow Wilson set out to teach Latin Americans “the art of good government”) and exposed the shameful policies in Vietnam and the role of intellectuals in justifying it.
In wide-ranging discussions with David Barsamian, his longtime interlocutor, Noam Chomsky asks us to consider “the world we are leaving to our grandchildren”: one imperiled by climate change and the growing potential for nuclear war. If the current system is incapable of dealing with these threats, he argues, it’s up to us to radically change it.