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Ernest Gellner - Author

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Books by Ernest Gellner

The Psychoanalytic Movement

The Psychoanalytic Movement

Author: Ernest Gellner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2020

How did psychoanalysis become so accepted by the public? This provocative book reconstructs the system of ideas upon which the theory and practice of psychoanalysis rests, describing a modern culture that has created a psychic or a spiritual void that psychoanalysis seems custom-made to fill. Gellner approaches the question as a sociologist and attains a broad perspective on the ideas of the psychoanalytic movement as a system of cultural beliefs.

Postmodernism, Reason and Religion

Postmodernism, Reason and Religion

Author: Ernest Gellner Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2020

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

Words and Things

Words and Things

Author: Ernest Gellner Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2016

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.

Cause and Meaning in the Social Sciences

Cause and Meaning in the Social Sciences

Author: Ernest Gellner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/12/2009

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

The Devil in Modern Philosophy

Author: Ernest Gellner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2007

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.

Nations and Nationalism

Nations and Nationalism

Author: Ernest Gellner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2006

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.

Cause and Meaning in the Social Sciences

Cause and Meaning in the Social Sciences

Author: Ernest Gellner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2006

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.

Words and Things

Words and Things

Author: Ernest Gellner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/01/2005

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.

Cause and Meaning in the Social Sciences

Cause and Meaning in the Social Sciences

Author: Ernest Gellner Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/03/2003

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.

Contemporary Thought and Politics

Contemporary Thought and Politics

Author: Ernest Gellner Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/03/2003

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.

The Devil in Modern Philosophy

The Devil in Modern Philosophy

Author: Ernest Gellner Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/03/2003

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.

Ernest Gellner, Selected Philosophical Themes

Ernest Gellner, Selected Philosophical Themes

Author: Ernest Gellner Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/03/2003

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 Psychoanalytic Movement

The Psychoanalytic Movement

Author: Ernest Gellner, Jose Brunner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/12/2002

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.

Language and Solitude

Language and Solitude

Author: Ernest Gellner, Steven Lukes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/1998

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.

The Psychoanalytic Movement

The Psychoanalytic Movement

Author: Ernest Gellner Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/08/1996

How did psychoanalysis become so accepted by the public? This provocative book reconstructs the system of ideas upon which the theory and practice of psychoanalysis rests, describing a modern culture that has created a psychic or a spiritual void that psychoanalysis seems custom-made to fill. Gellner approaches the question as a sociologist and attains a broad perspective on the ideas of the psychoanalytic movement as a system of cultural beliefs.

Liberalism in Modern Times

Liberalism in Modern Times

Author: Ernest Gellner Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/1996

Essays that directly or indirectly pay tribute to the life and work of the late Brazilian essayist, thinker and diplomat, Jose G.Merquior.