Ernest Gellner: An Intellectual Biography

Ernest Gellner: An Intellectual Biography


By (author) John A. Hall

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  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 234mm x 33mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844677583
  • ISBN 13: 9781844677580
  • Illustrations note: ports
  • Sales rank: 1,512,568

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Ernest Gellner was a multilingual polymath, able to set the agenda in the study of nationalism and the sociology of Islam. In this definitive biography, particular attention is paid to his Prague roots, and to debates with Michael Oakeshott, Isaiah Berlin, Charles Taylor, Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, and many others.

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JOHN A. HALL is the James McGill Professor of Comparative Historical Sociology at McGill University in Montreal. His books include Powers and Liberties, Liberalism, Coercion and Consent, International Orders, and (with Charles Lindholm) Is America Breaking Apart?

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"Few books have more successfully combined the study of personal life and intellectual development in the turbulent setting of the twentieth century." Eric Hobsbawam, Observer Books of the Year "Gellner has been brought back to life - alongside his combative ideas and his maverick approach to intellectual combat - in a sympathetic but by no means reverential biography by his former pupil John A. Hall." Wall Street Journal "The cumulative effect is monumental - and a monument does seem overdue." Scott McLemee, National