Cartesian Authority: An Investigation of Noam Chomsky's Rhetoric
This thesis explores the rhetoric of Noam Chomsky’s book Cartesian Linguistics. In particular, the thesis tries to offer both a description and an analysis of Chomsky’s appeal to the authority of René Descartes. It argues that the appeal operates through the external authority of Descartes and through Chomsky’s internal construction of a rhetorical ethos that is indicative of the intelligent and ethical scientist.
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