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Ernest Gellner - A Great European : In Memoriam Professor Ernest Gellner


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Abstract The 20th-century sociologist Ernest Gellner is eulogized. Gellner's intellectual background is traced through his studies in philosophy & economics, & the influence of the work of Karl Popper on his career is considered. It is proposed that Popper's critical rationalism & anthropological functionalism were an important foundation for Gellner & his intellectual thought. Gellner believed that science was the most reliable system to understand the human race; his fundamental philosophy was a strong devotion to empiricism that would allow for boundless progress.
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories; Philosophy, Ethics, Religion
Free Keywords Intellectual History; Anthropologists; 20th-century sociologist Ernest Gellner, intellectual foundation/philosophy; eulogy;; Sociologists; History of Sociology
Document language English
Publication Year 1996
Page/Pages p. 97-99
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 4 (1996) 1
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications