I’ve had many discussions with both humanists and social scientists on this debate, about who won. I’ve had them in my own head too. Different people look at this and have fundamental different views about who won. I think it’s a classic example of the impossibility of communication when the a priori of their discourse is not the same and when people start out with completely different presuppositions.
But mostly Chomsky won.
In 1971, Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault met at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands for their first and only debate. Produced by the Dutch Broadcasting Foundation as a part of their International Philosophers Project, the programme featured discussions with eminent thinkers on the topic of ‘human nature and ideal society’. 179 more…Chomsky and Foucault: justice versus power — Aeon