John Blackinger on György Kepes at MIT
On the Universal Grammar of visual communication:
Noam Chomsky was certainly not the only left-wing intellectual to feel uneasy about the military research and development priorities of MIT during the early Cold War years. György Kepes taught there from 1946 until the 1970s, often finding himself in tense debates over the role of music and the arts in a university so heavily committed to military research priorities.
Writes historian John Blakinger:
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In my book, Decoding Chomsky, I argue that core features of Chomsky's work in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT reflected an underlying determination not to produce anything which the military could possibly use. Chomsky rejects my argument on the basis that
- No military research was done on the MIT campus.
- The issue of military funding was irrelevant, since the Pentagon in those days funded almost everything.
Here is a Blakinger's perspective on this: