The dreaded postmodernists

Noam Chomsky is one of the originators modern linguistics and his contributions to science and philosophy are widely accepted and respected. The Australian’s claim (“Perfect choice for peace prize”, 3/6) that his theory of “universal grammar” led to “erosion of English teaching” is sheer invention. Perhaps they are confusing him with the dreaded postmodernists, whose ideas Chomsky rejects.

Chomsky’s strict policy of “turning to the facts” and applying logic and reason to the issues at hand is one reason his opponents are often reduced to rambling personal attacks like this editorial. If The Australian’s editorial writers wish to engage with Chomsky’s political views they are entitled to do so, but by trying to challenge his intellectual achievements, they embarrass themselves. He is out of their league and they are out of their depth.

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