Contemporary Thought and Politics

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Philosophy - 207 pages
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Gellner's political philosophy in these volumes combines the down-to-earth realism of political sociology with a rational treatment of the normative issues of traditional political thought. In these essays Gellner strives to understand the religions of nationalism, communism and democracy, returning again and again to the basic values of the liberal: social tolerance, rational criticism, human decency and justice.
  

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Contents

Prepare to meet thy doom
1
Myth ideology and revolution
8
Democracy and industrialization
20
Contemporary thought and politics
43
Behind the barricades at LSE
69
The panther and the dove
73
How to live in anarchy
87
The concept of a story
95
or knowledge and communism
133
Scale and nation
141
The pluralist antilevellers of Prague
158
The dangers of tolerance
175
On democracy in France
182
Sources
193
Index of names
195
Index of subjects
198

Our current sense of history
113

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