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By John A. Hall

Ernest Gellner used to be a multilingual polymath who set the time table within the examine of nationalism and the sociology of Islam for a complete iteration of teachers and scholars. This definitive biography follows his trajectory from his early years in Prague, Paris and England to overseas good fortune as a thinker and public highbrow. recognized either for his hugely built-in philosophy of modernity and for combining a admire for nationalism with an appreciation for technological know-how, Gellner was once passionate in his defence of cause opposed to each for of relativism.

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L. A. Hart, The Nightmare and the Noble Dream, Oxford, 2004, specifically bankruptcy 6. 4W. B. Gallie to Gellner, 10 October 1957. 5Gellner saved a duplicate of the unsigned assessment; Taylor later proven that he was once its writer. 6Interview with Charles Taylor, 2000. 7London, 1959. 8The account of the talk approximately phrases and issues written by means of the Indian journalist Ved Mehta, The Fly and the Fly Bottle, London, 1965, is multiply misguided. Mehta claimed, for example, that Gellner acknowledged that Russell was once now ‘gaga’ – whatever he might by no means have inspiration. This allegation was once deeply hurtful to Gellner, and he thought of suing Mehta. Gellner is, even if, additionally brought up by means of Mehta as having intentionally distanced himself from Austin, yes that the latter could finally assault him. This has the hoop of fact to it, and is proven by way of ‘Poker Player’, within the satan in glossy Philosophy, London, 1974. 9An unsigned article within the occasions Literary complement on nine September 1960 (written by means of Peter Strawson), entitled ‘The Post-Linguist Thaw: Getting Logical Conclusions out of the System’, defined the strategy of linguistic research as awe-inspiring in its power, and asserted that the upcoming ‘finishing off’ of conventional philosophical difficulties used to be lifelike. Gellner saved a replica of this text – most likely as facts that such hopes have been expressed within the face of later denials that this were the case. 10D. Hume, An Inquiry bearing on Human knowing [1748], manhattan, 1955, p. 173. 11Gellner greatly loved Tom Stoppard’s BBC tv play specialist Foul, within which an Ayer-like determine faces the complexities of the erstwhile socialist bloc whereas traveling to a philosophy convention as an excuse for seeing a football fit. He confirmed a video of this play to his scholars in Prague in his later years. Gellner was once faraway from fallacious approximately Ayer’s prestige in the institution, as is made transparent in B. Rogers’s very good A. J. Ayer: A existence, London, 1999. 12‘Ayer’s Epistle to the Russians’, within the satan in sleek Philosophy. 13‘Verbal Euthanasia’, the yankee student, vol. fifty two, 1983. Gellner thought of this overview essay to be of a few significance, contemplating it at one time for inclusion in Spectacles and Predicaments: Essays in Social thought, Cambridge, 1978. 14‘Ayer on Moore and Russell’, within the satan in sleek Philosophy. 15‘Positively a Romanticist’, mum or dad, thirteen June 1985. 16The info of Gellner’s research convey nice perception into Wittgenstein’s rules, quite within the recommendation that there have been awesome continuities among the 2 sessions of his suggestion, either within the trust that one can ‘see the area rightly’ and within the curious combinations of realism and idealism. 17Words and issues, p. fifty three. 18Ibid. , p. fifty six. 19Ibid. , p. 60. 20Ibid. , p. sixty three. 21Ibid. , p. sixty five. 22Ibid. , p. 147. 23These obiter dicta are these of Wittgenstein, John knowledge, and Bishop Butler, respectively – the final word utilized by G. E. Moore because the motto of his Principia Ethica, and considered one of Isaiah Berlin’s many tropes. 24Words and issues, p. one hundred thirty. 25Ibid.

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