Ernest Gellner’s Use of the Social Sciences in Philosophy

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Ernest Gellner’s Use of the Social Sciences in Philosophy. / Schubert, Stefan.

In: Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Vol. 44, No. 1, 2012, p. 3-22.

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T1 - Ernest Gellner’s Use of the Social Sciences in Philosophy

AU - Schubert, Stefan

PY - 2012

Y1 - 2012

N2 - 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’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’s translations crossed the line between the original and the idiosyncratic.

AB - 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’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’s translations crossed the line between the original and the idiosyncratic.

KW - Philosophy of Social Sciences

KW - Ernest Gellner

KW - Karl Popper

KW - Ludwig Wittgenstein

KW - Logical Positivism

KW - Linguistic Philosophy

U2 - 10.1177/0048393112444319

DO - 10.1177/0048393112444319

M3 - Article

VL - 44

SP - 3

EP - 22

JO - Philosophy of the Social Sciences

JF - Philosophy of the Social Sciences

SN - 0048-3931

IS - 1

ER -