Contemporary Thought and Politics

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Routledge & K. Paul, Jan 1, 1974 - Political science - 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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Prepare to meet thy doom
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Ernest Gellner was Professor of Philosophy at the London School of Economics from 1962 to 1984, when he became Professor of Social Anthropology at Cambridge University. Before his death in 1995, he was Research Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Nationalism at the Central European University in Prague. His many books include "Words and Things", "Thoughts and Change", "Saints of the Atlas", "Nations and Nationalism, Culture, Identity and Politics, Plough, Sword, and Book", and "Conditions of Liberty

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