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About this product
- SynopsisPhilosophical anthropology on the grandest scale. . . .Gellner has produced a sharp challenge to his colleagues and a thrilling book for the non-specialist. Deductive history on this scale cannot be proved right or wrong, but this is Gellner writing, incisive, iconoclastic, witty and expert. His scenario compels our attention.--Adam Kuper, New Statesman A thoughtful and lively meditation upon probably the greatest transformation in human history, upon the difficult problems it poses and the scant resources it has left us to solve them.--Charles Larmore, New Republic
- AuthorErnest Gellner
- Number Of Pages288 pages
- Publication Date1992-03-02
- PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
- Publication Year1992
- Weight14 Oz
- Height1 In.
- Width6 In.
- Length9 In.
- GroupScholarly & Professional
Table Of Content
- Table Of Content1. In the Beginning The Need for Philosophic History The Structure of History Trinitarianisms Production, Coercion, Cognition Which Way Will the Stone Age Vote Swing? The Suspect Witness 2. Community to Society The Cognitive Evolution of Mankind Multiple Sensitivities Generic Types of Strand Social and Logical Coherence The Terminus The Overall Plot 3. The Coming of the Other Paths of Cognitive Transformation The Disembodied Word "Platonism" The Indirect Route The First Unification The Authority of Concepts Plato's Sociological Mistakes 4. The Tension A Divine Order Church and State and their Separability Protestantism, Generic and Specific 5. Codification Reformation to Enlightenment The Sovreignty of Knowledge The Dethronement of the Concept Concept-Implementing and Instrumental Cultures The Enlightened Solution and its Problems The Age of Progress, or Operation Bookstrap 6. The Coercive Order and Its Erosion Patterns of Power Conditions of the Exit General Summary 7. Production, Value and Validity The Economic Transformation Production and Coercion The Three Stages of Economy The Ideological Transition to the Generalized Market The Re-Entry Problem The Circularity of Enlightened Reasoning Objectivity or Not? 8. The New Science The Concept of Culture and the Limits of Reason Egalitarianism What Next? 9. Self-Images Economic Power (Wealth as Lever) The New Coercive System The Two Running-Mates The Right-Wing Alternative Acorn or Gate The New Social Contract 1945 and Some Recent Clauses in the Contract 10. Prospect The Division of Labour and Back Again The Future of Production The Future of Cognition The Future of Coercion Summary of Argument Notes Index
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