Akeel Bilgrami’s Introduction to Noam Chomsky’s “What Kind of Creatures Are We?”

by Akeel Bilgrami These lectures present a lifetime of reflection by a scientist of language on the broader implications of his scientific work. The omnibus title of the lectures, “What kind of creatures are we?” conveys just how broad the implications are meant to be. They cover an impressive range of fields: theoretical linguistics, cognitive…

Truth, Balance, and Freedom

Editor's Note: Akeel Bilgrami has kindly given us permission to publish here the text of a lecture that he delivered at The New School and which is also included in the Chomsky Notebook collection of writings. by Akeel Bilgrami Though there is much radical –and often unpleasant– disagreement on the fundamental questions around academic freedom,…

On “Miscellany”

by Akeel Bilgrami The notion of a miscellany fetches no particular interest, except in the light of its contrasting ideal of integrity. I don’t mean integrity in the moral sense–a person’s action keeping faith with her principles– but in the stricter sense of things being of a piece, being integrated rather than miscellaneous. The intellectual…