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B.F. Skinner.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Jan 18th, 2019 at 05:10:12 PM EST
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Alright, I'll play.

Apologies for this tardy reply. I was not expecting Skinner. (2pts AT) Saussure, Frege, Quine --and we know N.C. contempt for post-modernist semiotics, so, no-- but not the dread Skinner with whom I am best acquainted through ...business school bibliography for ops research and "seminal" management science techniques, I was not expecting.

Put that on the back burner in order to attend to wtf, then finally wobbled up to me stacks, (3-floor row house these days, same bookcases, fewer volumes), dusted bunnies, flirted with Noam Chomsky, On Anarchism (anthology 1969-2005), and ...

Noam Chomsky, On Language (1977), anthology, Language and Responsibility and Reflections on Language "in one volume". I digressed to revisit all the dog-ears and me marginalia. Part II of the former, oddly enough, is titled "Generative Grammar", to which I will not refer. I think, defense of Zuesse's criticism (summarized thus, "self-servin sumbitch") relative to Skinner's peculiar expertise or any other's influence in Chomsky's literary product is served with quantitative data in hand: the indices. The result is markedly self-referential; not good form at any rate, is it.

Language: Skinner (2), Chomsky (56)
Reflections: Skinner (2), Chomsky (51)

(2pts EZ) Now the punchline: I had forgotten that I have never regarded N.C. in terms of philosophical profession. Still don't, though you've provoked me reconsider leitmotifs in this "linguistics" literature having nearly nothing to do with biology, *psychology, genetics or "neurology". In this respect the indices again reveal more about the figure than his theory. He appears not well read in that his imagination is bound by western uropean epistemology, anglophone canon especially. It's rather ironic that he was capable of imagining, once, a "generic" construct for language acquisition. Since you asked, I was disappointed not to find Durkheim! Well, he gave it go.
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by Cat on Sun Jan 20th, 2019 at 03:48:57 AM EST
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