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Spectacles and Predicaments : Essays in Social Theory - Ernest Gellner

Spectacles and Predicaments

Essays in Social Theory

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Published: 18th November 1991
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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.

'Each essay is written with verve and wit and each is a splendid example of a particular genre, the erudite and independently minded commentary on contemporary cultural and political developments ...' British Book News '... another gathering of superb essays.' The Times Educational Supplement '... Gellner's erudite analysis of our knowledge and interpretation of reality is constantly pertinent and provocative.' Psychological Medicine '... his essays on politics in particular are vivd and thought-provoking pieces of work.' New Society

Editorial preface
Understanding Humanity
The absolute in braces
Ethnomethodology: the re-enchantment industry or the Californian way of subjectivity
A Wittgensteinian philosophy of (or against) the Social sciences
Period piece
Chomsky
Notes towards a theory of ideology
The Cognitive Predicament
Options of belief
The pure enquirer
An ethic of cognition
Beyond truth and falsehood, or no method in my madness
The last pragmatist, or the behaviourist Platonist
Pragmatism and the important of being earnest
The Political Predicament
Nationalism, or the new confessions of a justified Edinburgh sinner
A social contract in search of an idiom: the demise of the Danegeld state
The withering away of the dentistry state
From the Revolution to liberalisation
Plaidoyer pur une lib(c)ralisation manqu(c)e
Gone and gone forever
The Kathmandu option
Sources
Bibliography of Gellner, 1972-78
Indexes.
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521424349
ISBN-10: 0521424348
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 396
Published: 18th November 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.5