Ernest Gellner





Ernest Gellner

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born
in Paris, France
December 09, 1925

died
November 05, 1995

gender
male

genre

influences


About this author

Ernest Gellner was a prominent British-Czech philosopher, social anthropologist, and writer on nationalism.


Average rating: 3.81 · 766 ratings · 33 reviews · 42 distinct works · Similar authors
Nations and Nationalism
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 510 ratings — published 1983 — 15 editions
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Nationalism
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Postmodernism, Reason and R...
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Conditions of Liberty: Civi...
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Words and Things: An Examin...
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Muslim Society
3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 1981 — 2 editions
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Legitimation of Belief
4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 1975 — 2 editions
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More books by Ernest Gellner…
“It is nationalism which engenders nations, and not the other way round.”
Ernest Gellner, Nations and Nationalism

“It is precisely by binding things together that traditional visions perpetuate themselves and the prejudgments contained within them; and it is by insisting on prising things apart that we have liberated ourselves from them”
Ernest Gellner

“I am deeply sensitive to the spell of nationalism. I can play about thirty Bohemian folk songs ... on my mouth-organ. My oldest friend, who is Czech and a patriot, cannot bear to hear me play them because he says I do it in such a schmalzy way, 'crying into the mouth organ'. I do not think I could have written the book on nationalism which I did write, were I not capable of crying, with the help of a little alcohol, over folk songs, which happen to be my favourite form of music.”
Ernest Gellner

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