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Ernest Gellner’s Use of the Social Sciences in Philosophy

Schubert, Stefan LU (2012) In Philosophy of the Social Sciences 44(1). p.3-22
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’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.
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Philosophy of Social Sciences, Ernest Gellner, Karl Popper, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Logical Positivism, Linguistic Philosophy
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Philosophy of the Social Sciences
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44
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1
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3 - 22
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SAGE Publications Inc.
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0048-3931
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10.1177/0048393112444319
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English
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  author       = {Schubert, Stefan},
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  keyword      = {Philosophy of Social Sciences,Ernest Gellner,Karl Popper,Ludwig Wittgenstein,Logical Positivism,Linguistic Philosophy},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {3--22},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {Philosophy of the Social Sciences},
  title        = {Ernest Gellner’s Use of the Social Sciences in Philosophy},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0048393112444319},
  volume       = {44},
  year         = {2012},
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