The Camden Philosophical Society’s 2014 Film and Lecture series will present Why Chomsky Matters, a public lecture by author Richard Ogle, Tuesday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at the downtown Camden Public Library.

Noam Chomsky, emeritus professor of linguistics at MIT, is one of the foremost scientists and public intellectuals of our era. During the past 50 years, he has published over 100 books on subjects ranging from linguistic theory to the nature of mind; our biological and mental endowment; and global politics.

French filmmaker Michel Gondry’s charming animated movie “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?”, (shown last month at Rockland’s Strand Theatre, touched on several aspects of Chomsky’s work and life. Ogle will explore in more depth some of Chomsky’s principal scientific and philosophical ideas including his revolutionary theory of linguistics, rationalist conception of mind and human nature, contributions to scientific method and views on what constitutes a truly democratic society.

Ogle has a Ph.D. in Linguistics from UCLA and studied for a year under Chomsky at MIT. His book “Smart World: Breakthrough Creativity and the New Science of Ideas” was published by Harvard Business School Press in 2007.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Camden Philosophical Society at

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or