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Ernest Gellner by John A. Hall
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Feb 01, 2012 | ISBN 9781844677580

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“The cumulative effect is monumental—and a monument does seem overdue.”—Scott McLemee, National

“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

“Few books have more successfully combined the study of personal life and intellectual development in the turbulent setting of the twentieth century.”—Eric Hobsbawn, Observer Books of the Year

“John A. Hall concludes his account of Ernest Gellner by observing that his outlook on the world was austere. “But therein lies its attraction,” he goes on. “Not much real comfort for our woes is on offer; the consolations peddled in the market are indeed worthless. What Gellner offered was something more mature and demanding: cold intellectual honesty.” Brief personal impressions are rarely conclusive, especially when recalled after many years; but that Gellner was an exceptionally honest thinker is beyond reasonable doubt.”—John Gray, New Republic

“Outstanding.”—Stefan Collini, London Review of Books

“The theory of nationalism itself was Gellner’s life. John A. Hall’s admirable biography helps us to see how this is so, by providing essential biographical information and locating Gellner’s arguments within those of his interlocutors, friendly and otherwise … Hall, more than learned enough to follow Gellner’s very broad references, is also patient with his categorical opinions.”—Times Literary Supplement

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