Ernest Gellner’s Use of the Social Sciences in Philosophy

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title = "Ernest Gellner{\textquoteright}s Use of the Social Sciences in Philosophy",
abstract = "It is well known that Ernest Gellner made substantial use of his knowledge of the social sciences in philosophy. Here I discuss how he used it on the basis of a few examples taken from Gellner{\textquoteright}s philosophical output. It is argued that he made a number of highly original “translations”, or re-interpretations, of philosophical theories and problems using his knowledge of the social sciences. While this method is endorsed, it is also argued that some of Gellner{\textquoteright}s translations crossed the line between the original and the idiosyncratic.",
keywords = "Philosophy of Social Sciences, Ernest Gellner, Karl Popper, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Logical Positivism, Linguistic Philosophy",
author = "Stefan Schubert",
year = "2012",
doi = "10.1177/0048393112444319",
language = "English",
volume = "44",
pages = "3--22",
journal = "Philosophy of the Social Sciences",
issn = "0048-3931",
publisher = "SAGE Publications",
number = "1",