Language and Solitude
Wittgenstein, Malinowski and the Habsburg Dilemma
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Language and Solitude by Ernest Gellner
Book DescriptionErnest 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521639972
(228mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Oct-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ernest Gellner
Nations and Nationalism, Paperback (May 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.
Cause and Meaning in the Social Sciences, Paperback (February 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.
Words and Things, Paperback (January 2005)
Gellner wrote 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. This title remains the most devastating attack on a conventional wisdom in philosophy to this day.
Psychoanalytic Movement, Paperback (December 2002)» View all books by Ernest Gellner
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".
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