Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Period of Performance

7/1/2007 - 6/30/2008

Funding Totals

$40,000.00 (approved)
$40,000.00 (awarded)

An Intellectual Biography of Ernest Andre Gellner

FAIN: FB-52939-07

John Anthony Hall
Trustees of Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH 03755-1808)

Ernest Gellner (1925-95) was a major theorist of modernity. A German, Jewish and Czech childhood in Prague was disrupted by Nazism and exile. Participation in world war was followed by the advent of communism which led to long term exile in Britain, followed by a return to Prague after 1989. I apply for funds to conclude the first account of the life and of the social theory to which it led, based on interviews and on the rich Gellner Archive. The book stresses that there is a metaphysic underlying Gellner's distinct reputations as theorist of nationalism, Islam, liberalism, psychoanalysis, science and the rise of the West. If an element of originality is that of identifying the metaphysic, another is that of subjecting it to criticism.

Associated Products

Ernest Gellner: An Intellectual Biography (Book)
Title: Ernest Gellner: An Intellectual Biography
Author: Hall, John Anthony
Year: 2010
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Primary URL Description: WorldCat entry
Publisher: New York: Verso
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9781844677580