Chomsky–Foucault debate

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The Chomsky–Foucault debate was a debate about human nature, between Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault in the Netherlands, in November 1971. Chomsky and Foucault were invited by the Dutch philosopher Fons Elders to discuss an age-old question: "is there such a thing as "innate" human nature independent of our experiences and external influences?"[1][2][3]

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  1. ^ "Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault Debate - 'On human nature'". ONscenes. 1971. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Clash of the Titans: Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault Debate Human Nature & Power on Dutch TV, 1971". Open Culture. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Noam Chomsky debates with Michel Foucault (1971) - Classroom - Art & Education". Retrieved 6 November 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • The Chomsky-Foucault Debate: On Human Nature, The New Press, 2006 ISBN 978-1595581341
  • Wilkin, Peter (1999). "Chomsky and Foucault on Human Nature and Politics: An Essential Difference?". Social Theory and Practice. 25 (2): 177–210. doi:10.5840/soctheorpract199925217.

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