sexta-feira, 25 de outubro de 2013

Clash of the Titans: Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault Debate Human Nature & Power on Dutch TV, 1971

Debate entre os filósofos Noam Chomsky e Michel Foucault exibido no ano de 1971 numa tv holandesa. Nesse encontro histórico os dois grandes pensadores debatem questões como: existe algo de inato na natureza humana ou somos moldados pelas experiências e pelo poder da cultura e das instituições ao nosso redor. Um grande registro desses dois grandes pensadores. Legendas em inglês nos dois primeiros vídeos (com trechos do programa) e em português no vídeo três, com a íntegra do debate. Curtam!

Today, we’re revisiting the clash of two intellectual titans, Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault. In 1971, at the height of the Vietnam War, the American linguist and the French theorist/historian of ideas appeared on Dutch TV to debate a fundamental question: Is there such a thing as innate human nature? Or are we shaped by experiences and the power of cultural and social institutions around us? The thinkers answered these questions rather differently, giving viewers a fairly succinct introduction to their basic theories of language, knowledge, power and beyond.
42 years later, you can watch the debate on YouTube in parts or in its entirety. Above you will find two excerpts that show you the highlights, complete with subtitles. Below you can watch the entire debate, from start to finish — though, unfortunately, no subtitles are provided. There is one good workaround, however. You can read a full transcript of the debate online (it’s entirely in English), or purchase a copy in book format.