Analytic Philosophy

Noam Chomsky

What was Noam Chomsky’s argument against behaviorism?

Chomsky (1928–) objected on the grounds that the speed with which a child learns a language and demonstrates an ability to form correct new sentences, even without hearing grammatically correct speech, implies that this language ability has not been learned. Behaviorism was fundamentally a theory that all human knowledge and behavior, including language use, was learned.


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