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Gellner, Ernest

Works: 366 works in 1,755 publications in 16 languages and 31,786 library holdings
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Language and solitude : Wittgenstein, Malinowski, and the Habsburg dilemma by Ernest Gellner( )

29 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 2,340 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
Nations and nationalism by Ernest Gellner( Book )

159 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in 11 languages and held by 2,152 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. It analyses the author's arguments, and traces and evaluates the ways in which the field has changed over years
Postmodernism, reason and religion by Ernest Gellner( )

43 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in English and held by 1,517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the ideological options open to modern society by considering the three main visions influential at present: Religious fundamentalism; Permissive relativism; and a liberalism commited to the idea of the uniqueness of truth, without claiming to possess it
Cause and meaning in the social sciences by Ernest Gellner( )

27 editions published between 1973 and 2007 in English and held by 1,337 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. In particular it deals with such problems as the relationship of nature and culture, the relevance of concepts drawn from within a given society to its understanding, and the relation of theory to time
The devil in modern philosophy by Ernest Gellner( )

24 editions published between 1974 and 2007 in English and held by 1,298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essays in this volume gather together Gellner's thinking on the connection between philosophy and life and they approach the topic from a number of directions: philosophy of morals, history of ideas, a discussion of individuals including R. G. Collingwood, Noam Chomsky, Piaget and Eysenck and discussions on the setting of philosophy in the general culture of England and America
Muslim society by Ernest Gellner( Book )

58 editions published between 1981 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,147 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
Saints of the Atlas by Ernest Gellner( Book )

36 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in English and held by 956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The problem that Gellner deals with so effectively in this book is the workings of a government by hereditary saints in a tribal environment that is characteristically on the edge of anarchy. In examining this problem, Gellner provides a thought-provoking study of the relationship between power and belief, between religion and politics. In so doing, he also provides the reader with a rich case history of the tribal social structure of the Berbers of Central Morocco, who are still strongly tribal in social organization. The problem of social organization that is so intriguingly examined in this book is that of the traditional turbulence of this part of North Africa coupled with the social organization of controls that a "saintly" religious structure provides. The essential means by which stability is achieved is through the way in which the saints provide for conflict resolution and stability through a system of tribally routinized charisma. In so doing, it is a study of how tribal requirements " ... push an inherently 'protestant' religion-scriptural, literal, egalitarian and theoretically lacking in clergy-towards the other pole of the spectrum of religious life." In so doing, stability is achieved and a fusion of power realized. ... The basic contribution of the book, besides a description of Berber social structure, is its excellent discussion of the theory of social cohesion through segmentation or balanced opposites. -- From (Dec. 1, 2016)
Men of ideas by Bryan Magee( Book )

3 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifteen dialogues drawn from the highly acclaimed BBC series review the tenets and theories of moral philosophy, political philosophy, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of science
Plough, sword, and book : the structure of human history by Ernest Gellner( Book )

36 editions published between 1988 and 1995 in English and held by 909 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 )

30 editions published between 1974 and 1998 in English and French and held by 897 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 )

48 editions published between 1964 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contemporary thought and politics by Ernest Gellner( Book )

25 editions published between 1956 and 2004 in English and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gellner's political philosophy in these volumes combines the down-to-earth realism of political sociology with a rational treatment of the normative issues of traditional political thought. 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
Words and things : an examination of, and an attack on, linguistic philosophy by Ernest Gellner( Book )

54 editions published between 1959 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 753 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
Nationalism by Ernest Gellner( Book )

42 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in 6 languages and held by 735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, completed just before his death, Ernest Gellner explores the phenomenon of nationalism, tracing its emergence and roots in the modern industrialized nation-state, its links with romanticism and its creation of national myths. He investigates its various manifestations and reveals how in long established states, such as France, it has been relatively benign, while in Eastern Europe in particular - where nationalist feeling preceded the emergence of modern states - its influence has been far more problematic, and at times disastrous. Finally, the book explores the prospects for minimizing the influence of nationalist feeling and cautiously anticipates the possibility of its decline in this decade of continuing atrocities and "ethnic cleansing."
Conditions of liberty : civil society and its rivals by Ernest Gellner( Book )

29 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and French and held by 734 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
Relativism and the social sciences by Ernest Gellner( Book )

32 editions published between 1985 and 1999 in English and held by 729 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
Populism; its meaning and national characteristics by Ghița Ionescu( Book )

29 editions published between 1969 and 1970 in English and Spanish and held by 710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on papers presented at a conference held at the London School of Economics, May 19-21, 1967. Includes bibliographical references
Culture, identity, and politics by Ernest Gellner( Book )

55 editions published between 1987 and 2003 in English and Spanish and held by 706 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
Reason and culture : the historic role of rationality and rationalism by Ernest Gellner( Book )

25 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arabs and Berbers: from tribe to nation in North Africa by Ernest Gellner( Book )

26 editions published between 1972 and 1973 in English and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Postmodernism, reason and religion
Nations and nationalismPostmodernism, reason and religionCause and meaning in the social sciencesThe devil in modern philosophyMuslim societySaints of the AtlasPlough, sword, and book : the structure of human historyContemporary thought and politics
Alternative Names
Ernest Gellner Brits filosoof

Ernest Gellner brittisk socialantropolog

Ernest Gellner český antropolog, filozof a sociolog

Ernest Gellner filosofo, antropologo e sociologo inglese

Ernest Gellner tschechisch-britischer Anthropologe, Soziologe und Philosoph

Ernest Gellner tšekkiläis-brittiläinen filosofi, antropologi ja sosiologi

Érnst Gelner

Gellner, Arnošt 1925-1995

Gellner E.

Gellner, E. 1925-1995

Gellner Ernest

Gellner, Ernest 1925-1995

Gellner, Ernest André 1925-1995

Gellner Ernst

Gellner, Ernst 1925-1995

Gellner, Ernst André 1925-1995

Gellneris Ernestas

Gelners, Ernests 1925-1995

Gelnŭr, Ŭrnest

Геллнер, Э.

Геллнер, Э 1925-1995

Геллнер, Э. (Эрнест), 1925-1995

Геллнер Эрнест

Геллнер, Эрнест 1925-1995

Геллнер, Эрнест Андре 1925-1995

Гелнър, Ърнест 1925-1995

Ернест Гелнер

Ернест Ґеллнер

Ернест Ґеллнер 1925-1995

Ърнест Гелнър

Ърнест Гелнър 1925-1995

Эрнест Андре Геллнер

Эрнст Гелнер

Ґеллнер, Ернест 1925-1995

ארנסט גלנר

إرنست غلنر، 1925-1995

إرنست غيلنر

ارنست گلنر

ەرنست گەلنەر

අර්නස්ට් ග්ලෙනර්

겔너, 어네스트 1925-1995

겔너, 어니스트 1925-1995


ゲルナ-, ア-ネスト 1925-1995

ゲルナー, アーネスト