Ever since Noam Chomsky published the first edition of Cartesian Linguistics: A Chapter in the History of Rationalist Thought
in 1966, this book has become one of the most important classic readings in generative linguistics.
This book aptly embeds generative linguistics into a broader context of the philosophy of mind,
extensively defending what we now call a rationalist approach to human epistemology.
Although generative linguistics has been subject to a number of important revisions in its theoretical and technical details,
the philosophical foundation of this whole enterprise has been largely kept surprisingly intact, and
Cartesian Linguistics is still highly credited for its clearest and most extensive articulations of such a philosophical backbone of generative linguistics,
as is shown by the fact that after all these 53 years the third edition of this book is republished this year by the Cambridge University Press.
This workshop aims to provide an opportunity for us to revisit the old and new prospects of Cartesian Linguistics from the contemporary perspective.