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Ernest Gellner
By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Gellner

Capital, like capitalism, seems an overrated category.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Gellner

Civil Society is a cluster of institutions and associations strong enough to prevent tyranny, but which are, none the less, entered and left freely, rather than imposed by birth or sustained by awesome ritual. You can join the Labour Party without slaughtering a sheep.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ernest Gellner

The strong belief that the interests of a particular nation-state are of primary importance. Also, the belief that a people who share a common language, history, and culture should constitute an independent nation, free of foreign domination.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Gellner

The way forward does not lie in amateur and comically timeless linguistic sociology which takes 'forms of life ' for granted (and this is what philosophy has been recently), but in the systematic study of forms of life which does not take them for granted at all. It hardly matters whether such an inquiry is called philosophy or sociology.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Gellner

Just as every girl should have a husband, preferably her own, so every culture must have its state, preferably its own.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Gellner

Ideas, and even the detection of errors, require more than care and caution.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Gellner

People are even more reluctant to admit that man explains nothing, than they were to admit that God explains nothing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Gellner

In brief, nationalism is a theory of political legitimacy, which requires the ethnic boundaries should not be cut across political ones, and, in particular, that ethnic boundaries within a given state a contingency already formally excluded by the principle in its general formulation should not separate the power holders from the rest.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Gellner

Academic environments are generally characterised by the presence of peole who claim to understand more than in fact they do. Linguistic Philosophy has produced a great revolution, generating people who claim not to understand when in fact they do. Some achieve great virtuosity at it. Any beginner in philosophy can manage not to understand, say, Hegel, but I have heard people who were so advanced that they knew how not to understand writers of such limpid clarity as Bertrand Russell or A.J. Ayer.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Gellner

Nowledge which... transcends the bounds, the prejudices and prejudgements of any one society and culture is not an illusion but, on the contrary, a glorious and luminous reality. Just how it was achieved remains subject to debate.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Gellner

Industrial Society is not merely one containing 'industry,' large-scale productive units capable of supplying man's material needs in a way which can eliminate poverty: it is also a society in which knowledge plays a part wholly different from that which it played in earlier social forms, and which indeed possesses a quite different type of knowledge. Modern science is inconceivable outside an industrial society: but modern industrial society is equally inconceivable without modern science. Roughly, science is the mode of cognition of industrial society, and industry is the ecology of science.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Gellner

I am a humble adherent of...Enlightenment Rationalist Fundamentalism.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Gellner

Tribalism never prospers, for when it does, everyone will respect it as a true nationalism, and no-one will dare call it tribalism.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Gellner

A cleric who loses his faith abandons his calling; a philosopher who loses his redefines his subject.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Gellner

Philosophy is explicitness, generality, orientation and assessment. That which one would insinuate, thereof one must speak.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ernest Gellner

America was born modern; it did not have to achieve modernity, nor did it have modernity thrust upon it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Gellner

Nationalism is not the awakening of nations to self-consciousness; it invents nations where they do not exist.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Gellner

Obstruction of mobility, where it occurs, is one of the most serious and intractable problems of industrial society.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ernest Gellner

It is nationalism which engenders nations, and not the other way round.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ernest Gellner

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Gellner

The production of obscurity in Paris compares to the production of motor cars in Detroit in the great period of American industry.