Language and Solitude: Wittgenstein, Malinowski and the Habsburg Dilemma

Ernest Gellner 1925 1995 has been described as one of the last great central European polymath intellectuals In this, his last book, he throws new light on two key figures of the twentieth century the philosopher Wittgenstein, and Malinowski, founder of modern British social anthropology Gellner shows how the thought of both men grew from a common background of assuErnest Gellner 1925 1995 has been described as one of the last great central European polymath intellectuals In this, his last book, he throws new light on two key figures of the twentieth century the philosopher Wittgenstein, and Malinowski, founder of modern British social anthropology Gellner shows how the thought of both men grew from a common background of assumptions about human nature, society, and language He ties together themes that preoccupied him, epitomizing his belief that philosophy far from leaving everything as it is is about important historical, social and personal issues.
Language and Solitude Wittgenstein Malinowski and the Habsburg Dilemma Ernest Gellner has been described as one of the last great central European polymath intellectuals In this his last book he throws new light on two key figures of the twentieth century the

  • Title: Language and Solitude: Wittgenstein, Malinowski and the Habsburg Dilemma
  • Author: Ernest Gellner
  • ISBN: 9780521639972
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. A couple years ago I tried reading the Philosophical Investigations and remember being disappointed. I had the impression of a mind continually strangling itself exactly at the point where it ought to start thinking. Wittgenstein famously was not very well-read in the history of philosophy. This relative ignorance has become part of his legend: rather than be burdened by what everyone else had to say on the subject, he was able to cut directly to the actual problems of philosophy. At one time I [...]

    2. 100x better than the pompous Stephen Toulmin book we all read (or told one another we read) in the 70s about Vienna and Wittgenstein, this is Gellner's last completed book, which somehow I was unaware of. Gellner's thesis is that there is a dichotomy between left and right; and also between rationalists and romanticists - which cuts across left and right - there are rightwing rationalists and romanticists and leftwing ditto and ditto. However in the last 50 years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, [...]

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