Relativism and the Social Sciences
By (author) Ernest Gellner
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Relativism and the Social Sciences by Ernest Gellner
Book DescriptionThis 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521337984
(216mm x 138mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Feb-1987
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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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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