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Gellner, Ernest

Works: 257 works in 1,423 publications in 21 languages and 26,638 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Publishing director, Author of introduction, Other, Creator, Compiler, Speaker, Dedicatee, Contributor
Classifications: JC311, 320.54
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Nations and nationalism by Ernest Gellner( Book )

171 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in 14 languages and held by 2,149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing upon a range of disciplines, including philosophy, anthropology, sociology, politics and history, this work argues that nationalism is an inescapable consequence of modernity
Words and things : an examination of, and an attack on, linguistic philosophy by Ernest Gellner( Book )

94 editions published between 1959 and 2005 in 8 languages and held by 1,358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Ernest Gellner was in his early thirties, he took it upon himself to challenge linguistic philosophy, the prevailing philosophical orthodoxy of the day. Finding a powerful ally in Bertrand Russell, who provided the foreword for this book, Gellner embarked on the project that was to put him on the intellectual map. Words and Things was the first determined attempt to state the premises and operational rules of the movement. The basic charge was that linguistic philosophy was an aberrant, trivializing perversion of good philosophical practice, substituting, in place of honest theorizing and argument, pedantic scrutiny of intrinsically uninteresting detail. When this now-famous critique originally appeared in 1959, it created a scandal, causing a flurry of correspondence in The Times. Words and Things remains the most devastating attack on a conventional wisdom in philosophy to this day."--Jacket
Muslim society by Ernest Gellner( Book )

55 editions published between 1981 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 1,067 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Of all the great world religions, Islam appears to have the most powerful political appeal in the twentieth century. It sustains some severely traditional and conservative regimes, but it is also capable of generating intense revolutionary ardour and of blending with extreme social radicalism. As an agent of political mobilisation, it seems to be overtaking Marxism, arid surpassing all other religions. The present book seeks the roots of this situation in the past. The traditional Muslim society of the arid zone has, in the past, displayed remarkable stability and homogeneity, despite great political fragmentation, and the absence of a centralised religious hierarchy. The book explores the mechanisms which have contributed to this result - a civilisation in which (in the main) weak states co-existed with a strong culture, which had a powerful hold over the populations under its sway. A literate Great Tradition, in the keeping of urban scholars, lived side by side with a more emotive, ecstatic folk tradition, ill tile keeping of holy lineages, religious brotherhoods and freelance saints. One tradition was sustained by the urban trading class and periodically swept the rest of the society in waves of revivalist enthusiasm; the other was based on the multiple functions it performed in rural tribal society and amongst the urban poor. The two traditions were intertwined, yet remained in latent tension which from time to time came to tile surface. The book traces the manner in which the impact of the modern world, acting through colonialism arid industrialisation upset the once stable balance, and helped the erstwhile urban Great Tradition to become the pervasive arid dominant one, culminating in the zealous arid radical Islam which is so prominent now. The argument is both formulated in the abstract and illustrated by a series of case studies and examinations of specific aspects, and critical examinations of rival interpretations."--Publisher description
Plough, sword, and book : the structure of human history by Ernest Gellner( Book )

41 editions published between 1988 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elucidates and argues for the author's concept of human history from the past to the present
Legitimation of belief by Ernest Gellner( Book )

25 editions published between 1974 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The main aim of this thoughtful and thought-provoking book is to characterize and explain the difference between pre-scientific systems of belief within which science could, and did, emerge and develop. Using the armoury of both philosophy and anthropology, Ernest Gellner attacks his task with his customary sharp wit and polemical gusto."--Times Literary Supplement
Thought and change by Ernest Gellner( Book )

39 editions published between 1964 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conditions of liberty : civil society and its rivals by Ernest Gellner( Book )

39 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in 6 languages and held by 807 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As Ernest Gellner shows in this path-breaking book, the most significant difference between communism (and other totalitarian ideologies) and Western liberalism is the existence of the civil society - the intermediary institutions like trade unions, political parties, religions, pressure groups and clubs which fill the gap between the family and the state. Under communism the civil society was suppressed. In liberal democracy it thrives. If life is to improve in Eastern Europe, the civil society must be encouraged to grow and prosper: the early signs - as observed by the doyen of British social anthropology - are good." "The contrast with militant Islam is extraordinary: while Marxism as a faith has collapsed, Islam has been growing ever stronger. In fundamentalist states like Iran there is little civil society and apparently not much pressure for one, either. Why is there so little resistance or opposition? How can this be understood?" "This is an extremely important book and a major contribution to the 'end of history' debate by one of the most distinguished scholars working in Europe today."--Jacket
Nationalism by Ernest Gellner( Book )

46 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in 10 languages and held by 756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nationalism has been a crucial force in the history of the modern world. In this provocative essay, Gellner explores the phenomenon of nationalism, tracing its emergence and roots in the modern industralized nation-state, its links with romanticism and its creation of national myths
Postmodernism, reason and religion by Ernest Gellner( Book )

41 editions published between 1992 and 2002 in 4 languages and held by 718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ernest Gillnet, one of the most respected social thinkers of our day, explores the ideological options open to modern society. His book is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of both postmodernism and the relations between Islam and the West. He explores the three main visions influential at present: religious fundamentalism, permissive relativism and a liberalism committed to the idea of the uniqueness of truth, without claiming to possess it
Relativism and the social sciences by Ernest Gellner( Book )

25 editions published between 1985 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume of essays deals with the problem of relativism, in particular cultural relativism. If our society knows better than other societies, how do we know that it knows better? There is a profound irony in the fact that this self-doubt has become most acute in the one civilisation that has persuaded the rest of the world to emulate it. The claim to cognitive superiority is often restricted, of course, to the limited sphere of natural science and technology; and that immediately raises the second main theme of this volume - the differences between the human and natural sciences. These essays reach towards a new style and mode of enquiry - a mixture of philosophy, history and anthropology - that promises to prove more revealing and fruitful." -- Provided by publisher
Reason and culture : the historic role of rationality and rationalism by Ernest Gellner( Book )

27 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saints of the Atlas by Ernest Gellner( Book )

32 editions published between 1969 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"[Ernest Gellner] began the association with Morocco and the Berbers of the Central High Atlas that resulted in Saints of the Atlas. It was a study of how holy men kept a fragile and broken peace among the shepherds who moved each spring from the plains of the ante-Atlas into the high pastures, and back again each autumn: a hundred thousand people, a million or so sheep traversing the bottle-necks of the mountain passes twice each year. It was an ideal opportunity for theft and rustling, and the Saints were there to maintain the peace without establishing any acceptable claim to political control. His book, criticised by scholars who have worked in Moroccan archives, remains important reading because it analyses so clearly the ways in which pastoral peoples, who had been in contact with states for a couple of millennia, maintained an ideology of total rejection of the Moroccan state, and a determination not to make anything of the kind themselves. Their practice was more often than not in accord with the ideology."--Http:// (Feb. 23, 2011.)
Arabs and Berbers: from tribe to nation in North Africa by Ernest Gellner( Book )

27 editions published between 1972 and 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Culture, identity, and politics by Ernest Gellner( Book )

43 editions published between 1987 and 2003 in English and Spanish and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These essays explore the relationship between culture and politics in the modern world. They range in space from Iran to Algeria, and the eastern marchlands of Europe to the Atlantic, and in time over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. But they are all inspired by a cluster of linked preoccupations with the nature of the social order now emerging in the world and the kinds of moral and political legitimation it requires and permits. The essays are also linked by Ernest Gellner's distinctive, and highly arresting, intellectual temper and style. The volume will interest a wide range of readers in the social sciences and philosophy."--Book cover
Encounters with nationalism by Ernest Gellner( Book )

26 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En gennemgang af de vigtigste, moderne filosoffers tanker om nationalisme ud fra både vestlige, østlige og islamiske synsvinkler
Cause and meaning in the social sciences by Ernest Gellner( Book )

25 editions published between 1973 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume focuses on key conceptual issues in the social sciences, such as Winch's idea of a social science, structuralism, Malinowski and Evans-Pritchard, and the concept of kinship
Soviet and western anthropology( Book )

15 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language and solitude : Wittgenstein, Malinowski, and the Habsburg dilemma by Ernest Gellner( Book )

23 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and Turkish and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ernest Gellner (1925-1995) has been described as 'one of the last great central European polymath intellectuals'. His last book throws new light on two leading thinkers of their time. Wittgenstein, arguably the most influential and the most cited philosopher of the twentieth century, is famous for having propounded two radically different philosophical positions. Malinowski, the founder of modern British social anthropology, is usually credited with being the inventor of ethnographic fieldwork, a fundamental research method throughout the social sciences. In a highly original way, Gellner shows how the thought of both men grew from a common background of assumptions - widely shared in the Habsburg Empire of their youth - about human nature, society, and language. Tying together themes which preoccupied him throughout his working life, Gellner epitomizes his belief that philosophy -- far from 'leaving everything as it is' -- is about important historical, social and personal issues
The devil in modern philosophy by Ernest Gellner( Book )

18 editions published between 1974 and 2007 in English and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These essays gather together Gellner's thinking on the connection between philosophy and life and they approach the topic from a number of directions including a discussion of individuals including Chomsky, Piaget and Eysenck
Contemporary thought and politics by Ernest Gellner( Book )

19 editions published between 1974 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these essays Gellner strives to understand the religions of nationalism, communism and democracy returning again and again to the basic values of the liberal: social tolerance, rational criticism, human decency and justice
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Alternative Names
Ernest Gellner Brits filosoof

Ernest Gellner Česk antropolog, filozof a sociolog

Ernest Gellner filosofo, antropologo e sociologo inglese

Ernest Gellner tschechisch-britischer Anthropologe, Soziologe und Philosoph

rnst Gelner

Gellner, Arnošt 1925-1995

Gellner, E. 1925-1995

Gellner, Ernest

Gellner, Ernest 1925-1995

Gellner, Ernest Andr 1925-1995

Gellner, Ernst

Gellner, Ernst 1925-1995

Gellner, Ernst Andr 1925-1995

Gelners, Ernests 1925-1995

Gelnŭr, Ŭrnest

Геллнер, Э 1925-1995

Геллнер, Э. (Эрнест), 1925-1995

Геллнер, Эрнест 1925-1995

Геллнер, Эрнест Андре 1925-1995

Ернест Ґеллнер

Ернест Ґеллнер 1925-1995

Ърнест Гелнър

Ърнест Гелнър 1925-1995

Эрнест Андре Геллнер

Эрнст Гелнер

ארנסט גלנר

إرنست غلنر، 1925-1995

إرنست غيلنر

ارنست گلنر

ەرنست گەلنەر

අර්නස්ට් ග්ලෙනර්


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Words and things : an examination of, and an attack on, linguistic philosophyMuslim societyPlough, sword, and book : the structure of human historyConditions of liberty : civil society and its rivalsNationalismPostmodernism, reason and religionRelativism and the social sciencesReason and culture : the historic role of rationality and rationalism