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FB-52939-07Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsJohn Anthony HallAn Intellectual Biography of Ernest Andre Gellner7/1/2007 - 6/30/2008$40,000.00JohnAnthonyHall   Trustees of Dartmouth CollegeHanoverNH03755-1808USA2006SociologyFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs400000400000

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.