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Contemporary Thought and Politics (Hardcover, New edition): Ernest Gellner Contemporary Thought and Politics (Hardcover, New edition)
Ernest Gellner
R3,827 Discovery Miles 38 270 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

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.

Cause and Meaning in the Social Sciences (Hardcover, New edition): Ernest Gellner Cause and Meaning in the Social Sciences (Hardcover, New edition)
Ernest Gellner
R5,832 Discovery Miles 58 320 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


Series Information:
Ernest Gellner, Selected Philosophical Themes

Ernest Gellner, Selected Philosophical Themes (Hardcover): Ernest Gellner Ernest Gellner, Selected Philosophical Themes (Hardcover)
Ernest Gellner
R2,454 Discovery Miles 24 540 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Ernest Gellner made major contributions in very diverse fields, notably philosophy and social anthropology. His attacks on the orthodoxies of his time made it difficult for him to be fully accepted into either of these academic communities, but that suited him well enough: he seemed to enjoy leading a one-man crusade for critical rationalism, defending enlightenment universalism against the rising tides of idealism and relativism. His influence spread far beyond social anthropology: the fierce tone of the polemics of the 1950s against Oxford philosophers was repeated during the 1990s in tangles in the TLS with the literary critic Edward Said. For Gellner the issues were essentially the same: the vital need to refute the claim that ideas lead the world.

The Devil in Modern Philosophy (Hardcover, New Ed): Ernest Gellner The Devil in Modern Philosophy (Hardcover, New Ed)
Ernest Gellner
R5,838 Discovery Miles 58 380 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

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.

Postmodernism, Reason and Religion (Hardcover): Ernest Gellner Postmodernism, Reason and Religion (Hardcover)
Ernest Gellner
R4,067 Discovery Miles 40 670 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

First Published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Devil in Modern Philosophy (Paperback): Ernest Gellner The Devil in Modern Philosophy (Paperback)
Ernest Gellner
R1,245 Discovery Miles 12 450 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

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.

Cause and Meaning in the Social Sciences (Paperback): Ernest Gellner Cause and Meaning in the Social Sciences (Paperback)
Ernest Gellner
R1,044 Discovery Miles 10 440 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

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.

Postmodernism, Reason and Religion (Paperback, New): Ernest Gellner Postmodernism, Reason and Religion (Paperback, New)
Ernest Gellner
R881 Discovery Miles 8 810 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


Ernest Gellner, 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.

eBook available with sample pages: 0203410432

Spectacles and Predicaments - Essays in Social Theory (Paperback, Revised): Ernest Gellner Spectacles and Predicaments - Essays in Social Theory (Paperback, Revised)
Ernest Gellner
R748 Discovery Miles 7 480 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This collection of essays is concerned with philosophy, politics and society. The first group examines what philosophers such as Hegel, Wittgenstein and Chomsky have said or implied about the nature of society in general. A second group examines the cognitive predicament, questions concerning the nature of the possibility of knowledge, as handled by a thinker such as Descartes, or the Pragmatist tradition. The third group handles the political predicament and deals specifically with problems such as nationalism, the nature of the liberalisation process, the future of the welfare and consumer state and the option facing underdeveloped societies. The essays deal not only with classical theories concerning these problems but also with various recent discussions. The volume will interest many individual philosophers and social theorists and those with a more general interest in our culture and political discussions.

Culture, Identity, and Politics (Paperback): Ernest Gellner Culture, Identity, and Politics (Paperback)
Ernest Gellner
R662 Discovery Miles 6 620 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

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.

Relativism and the Social Sciences (Paperback, New Ed): Ernest Gellner Relativism and the Social Sciences (Paperback, New Ed)
Ernest Gellner
R851 Discovery Miles 8 510 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Considers human diversity and change and rejects the usual solutions to problems of relativism. Presents a new mode of inquiry in its stead a mixture of philosophy, history, and anthropology that appears to be more meaningful.

Words and Things - An Examination of, and an Attack on, Linguistic Philosophy, A Special Issue of Cognitive Neuropsychology... Words and Things - An Examination of, and an Attack on, Linguistic Philosophy, A Special Issue of Cognitive Neuropsychology (Hardcover, 2nd New edition)
Ernest Gellner
R2,412 Discovery Miles 24 120 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

When Ernest Gellner was his early thirties, he took it upon himself to challenge the prevailing philosophical orthodoxy of the day, Linguistic Philosophy. 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. The first determined attempt to state the premises and operational rules of the movement, Words and Things remains philosophy's most devastating attack on a conventional wisdom to this day.

Muslim Society (Paperback, New ed): Ernest Gellner Muslim Society (Paperback, New ed)
Ernest Gellner
R607 R505 Discovery Miles 5 050 Save R102 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Why contemporary Islam is able to support austerely traditional and conservative regimes as well as revolutionary ones is the subject of this collection of essays. Professor Gellner's position is supported by a series of case studies and critical evaluations of rival interpretations.

Cause and Meaning in the Social Sciences (Paperback): Ernest Gellner Cause and Meaning in the Social Sciences (Paperback)
Ernest Gellner
R1,051 Discovery Miles 10 510 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

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.

Language and Solitude - Wittgenstein, Malinowski and the Habsburg Dilemma (Paperback): Ernest Gellner Language and Solitude - Wittgenstein, Malinowski and the Habsburg Dilemma (Paperback)
Ernest Gellner; Edited by David Gellner; Foreword by Steven Lukes
R845 Discovery Miles 8 450 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Ernest Gellner (1925-95) has been described as 'one of the last great central European polymath intellectuals'. His last book, first published in 1998, throws 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.

Liberalism in Modern Times - Essays in Honour of Jose G.Merquior (Hardcover, Annotated Ed): Ernest Gellner, Cesar Cansino Liberalism in Modern Times - Essays in Honour of Jose G.Merquior (Hardcover, Annotated Ed)
Ernest Gellner, Cesar Cansino
R1,197 Discovery Miles 11 970 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The premature death in 1991 of the Brazilian essayist, thinker and diplomat Jose G. Merquior robbed the international intellectual community of a gifted 'friend of reason and a defender of liberty'. Several essays in this volume, directly or indirectly, broadly or personally, pay tribute to the life and work of this 'politically engaged intellectual'. Part I examines Merquiorian thought itself and - aptly enough - begins with Merquior's own incisive review of the rebirth of the liberal idea and recommitment to democracy itself. Part II ranges more widely: here, such distinguished contributors as John Hall, Ernest Gellner and Noberto Bobbio develop some of Merquior's favourite themes - liberalism as it relates to social cohesion, political stability, morality, republicanism and democracy, and the relativism and scepticism that characterize postmodern thinking. The book's application to two regions of the world is direct and obvious: to Merquior's own Latin America and to Central and Eastern Europe, where rapid political change and economic transition have brought debates on liberalism to the forefront. But in Merquior's thought there are also lessons for Western Europe and the United States, where the very familiarity of the liberal tradition can lead to a certain sterility of ideas. These various perspectives in liberal political thought are brilliantly drawn out by Ernest Gellner in the Preface - one of the last pieces he wrote before his death in November 1995.

Nations and Nationalism (Paperback, Second Edition): Ernest Gellner Nations and Nationalism (Paperback, Second Edition)
Ernest Gellner; Introduction by John Breuilly
R683 Discovery Miles 6 830 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From reviews of the first edition:

"Brilliant, provocative . . . a great book." New Statesman

"An important book . . . It is a new starting line from which all subsequent discussions of nationalism will have to begin." New Society

"A better explanation than anyone has yet offered of why nationalism is such a prominent principle of political legitimacy today. This is a terse and forceful work . . . the product of great intellectual energy and an impressive range of knowledge." Times Literary Supplement

"Periodically, an important book emerges that makes us, through the uniqueness of its theory, perceive history as we have not seen it before. Ernest Gellner has written such a volume. Students of nationalism will have to come to grips with his interpretation of the causes for the emergence of nationalism, since he has declared that most of the previous explanations are largely mythical." American Historical Review

First published in 1983, Nations and Nationalism remains one of the most influential explanations of the emergence of nationalism ever written. This updated edition of Ernest Gellner's now-canonical work includes a new introductory essay from John Breuilly, tracing the way the field has evolved over the past two decades, and a bibliography of important work on nationalism since 1983."

Words And Things - A Critical Account Of Linguistic Philosophy And A Study In Ideology (Paperback): Ernest Gellner Words And Things - A Critical Account Of Linguistic Philosophy And A Study In Ideology (Paperback)
Ernest Gellner; Introduction by Bertrand Russell
R704 Discovery Miles 7 040 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Words And Things - A Critical Account Of Linguistic Philosophy And A Study In Ideology (Hardcover): Ernest Gellner Words And Things - A Critical Account Of Linguistic Philosophy And A Study In Ideology (Hardcover)
Ernest Gellner; Introduction by Bertrand Russell
R1,011 Discovery Miles 10 110 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When Ernest Gellner was his early thirties, he took it upon himself to challenge the prevailing philosophical orthodoxy of the day, Linguistic Philosophy. 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.

Saints of the Atlas (Paperback): Ernest Gellner Saints of the Atlas (Paperback)
Ernest Gellner
R899 Discovery Miles 8 990 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Saints of the Atlas (Hardcover): Ernest Gellner Saints of the Atlas (Hardcover)
Ernest Gellner
R1,316 Discovery Miles 13 160 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Anthropology and Politics - Revolutions in the Sacred Grove (Hardcover): Ernest Gellner Anthropology and Politics - Revolutions in the Sacred Grove (Hardcover)
Ernest Gellner
R3,379 Discovery Miles 33 790 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Ernest Gellner explores here the links between anthropology and politics, and shows just how central these are. The recent postmodernist turn in anthropology has been linked to the expiation of colonial guilt. Traditional, functionalist anthropology is characteristically regarded as an accessory to the crime, and anyone critical of the relativistic claims of interpretative anthropology (as Ernest Gellner is) is likely to be charged (as he sometimes is) with being an "ex post" imperialist.

Ernest Gellner argues that cultures are crucially important in human life as constraining systems of meaning. Cultural transition means that the required characteristics are transmitted from generation to generation, leading, he shows, to both greater diversity and to far more rapid change than is possible among species where transmission is primarily by genetic means. But the relative importance of semantic and physical compulsion needs to be explored rather than pre-judged. The weakness of idealism, which at present operates under the name of hermeneutics, is that it underplays the importance of coercion, and that it presents cultures as self-justifying and morally sovereign: this line of argument, the author demonstrates, is fundamentally flawed.

Nations and Nationalism (Paperback, 2nd Edition): Ernest Gellner Nations and Nationalism (Paperback, 2nd Edition)
Ernest Gellner
R647 Discovery Miles 6 470 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This updated edition of Ernest Gellner's classic exploration of the roots of nationalism includes an extended introduction from John Breuilly, tracing the way the field has changed over the past two decades. * As pertinent today as it was when it was first published in 1983. * Argues that nationalism is a product of industrialization. * The new edition includes references to important work on nationalism published since 1983. Second Edition not available in the USA.

Nomads and the Outside World (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Anatoly M. Khazanov Nomads and the Outside World (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Anatoly M. Khazanov; Translated by Julia Crookenden; Foreword by Ernest Gellner
R671 R633 Discovery Miles 6 330 Save R38 (6%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Hailed by reviewers as "majestic and magisterial," Nomads and the Outside World was first published in English in 1984. With the author's new introduction and an updated bibliography, this classic is now available in an edition accessible to students.

From reviews of the first edition:

"Magisterial. . . . Combining a phenomenal erudition, a candid judgment, and a subtle sense of irony, Khazanov sets out to challenge the orthodox view of nomadic feudalism and, in the process, has produced the first comparative survey of pastoral societies that can claim to be truly comprehensive, covering their history in Eurasia, the Middle East, and Africa from the origins of pastoralism to the dawn of the modern era."--Tim Ingold, "Current Anthropology"

"This is the best study on pastoral nomadism that the reviewer has ever read. At last we have a major attempt to present the whole phenomenon in historical, ecological, spatial and structural perspective. . . . Superb scholarship. It is the kind of work that can only be produced as a result of years of specific research, much deep thinking . . . and a determination to reject cant."--John C. Wilkinson, "Geographical Journal"

"Khazanov's book on pastoral nomadism is a heroic endeavor of a kind no one has seriously attempted before. . . . Particularly valuable to western readers are the materials on the numerous peoples of Central Asia and Siberia . . . and their integration with analysis of more familiar societies such as those of North and East Africa and the Middle East. . . . The insights provided by this book are too numerous to list."--Caroline Humphrey, "Times Literary Supplement"

The Psychoanalytic Movement - The Cunning of Unreason (Paperback, 3rd Edition): Ernest Gellner The Psychoanalytic Movement - The Cunning of Unreason (Paperback, 3rd Edition)
Ernest Gellner; Foreword by Jose Brunner
R1,227 Discovery Miles 12 270 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

How did the language of psychoanalysis become the dominant idiom in which the middle classes of the industrialized West speak about their emotions? Ernest Gellner offers a forceful and complex answer to this intriguing question in "The Psychoanalytic Movement," This landmark study argues that although psychoanalysis offers an incisive picture of human nature, it provides untestable operational definitions and makes unsubstantiated claims concerning its therapeutic efficacy. In a new foreword Jose Brunner expands on the central argument of "The Psychoanalytic Movement," Placing Gellner's work in the context of contemporary hostile critiques of Freud, Brunner argues that these two blatantly different thinkers might also be seen as kindred spirits.

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