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Noam Chomsky vs Michel Foucault: On Human Nature (1971 Televised Debate)

The full November 1971 tv debate by Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault on the question of Human Nature.

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?

Version 1 :
Debate Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault - On human nature [Subtitled]
(1:10)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wfNl2L0Gf8

Version 2 : [ *cuts out ~ 3 minutes of Dutch TV presenter's preface ]
Noam Chomsky vs Michel Foucault FULL DEBATE 1971 - French Subtitles
(1:06)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OY93gHVynaY

Chomsky-Foucault debate

The Chomsky-Foucault debate was a debate about human nature, between Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault in the Netherlands, in November 1971. Chomsky and Foucault were invited by the Dutch philosopher Fons Elders to discuss an age-old question: "is there such a thing as "innate" human nature independent of our experiences and external influences?"