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"...we will always learn more about human life and human personality from novels than from scientific psychology." (Noam Chomsky). To what extent would you agree?

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AS and A Level Language: Context, Genre & Frameworks

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"...we will always learn more about human life and human personality from novels than from scientific psychology." (Noam Chomsky). To what extent would you agree?

Everyday we, as human beings learn something new about ourselves. Especially through the advances in critical thinking and intellectual thought in psychology and literature. Noam Chomsky is undoubtedly an expert in this subject, a former Professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and intellectual in the areas of psychology, politics and philosophy of language. Chomsky's naturalistic study's of language has affected the philosophy of language and mind, by influencing other intellectuals.

We use knowledge and psychology to learn about human life and human personality. When approaching a statement concerning human psychology and literature, matters of human knowledge, human life and human personality arise. Both novels and scientific psychology allows us to understand and analyze human perception, emotion, reason and language. However there is ambiguity in the quote, as it assumes that humans will always learn new things. But will we achieve full knowledge and understanding of our humanity? Whether it is through novels or psychology?

Human life and personality can be described as humanity in

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