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John A. Goldsmith and Bernard Laks

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226550800

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226550947.001.0001

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Battle in the Mind Fields

Battle in the Mind Fields

(p.1) Chapter One Battle in the Mind Fields
Battle in the Mind Fields

John A. Goldsmith

Bernard Laks

University of Chicago Press

This chapter introduces the perspectives and the questions that will organize those that follow. It explains why understanding the evolution of thought in our disciplines requires that one bear in mind both the ways in which individuals interact, and the ways in which their ideas develop, that is, both the personal and the conceptual. The chapter focuses on ways in which the work that linguists, philosophers, and psychologists have done inevitably is colored by their perfectly understandable recognition that they are part of a community, and that not everybody else is part of that same community. People become enthusiastic by virtue of feeling emancipated from the dead weight of the past, or the feeling of having finally found a method worthy of the term scientific. This evolution is best thought of as a large group of ongoing conversations, most of them internal to a particular discipline, but many of them including people from disparate fields. In some conversations, people are describing their findings, in others, people are explaining their perspectives, and in some people are in heated debate.

Keywords:   ideology, Noam Chomsky, generations, Bourdieu, mentalism, authority, mind, materialism

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