"Elegantly written, lucid; instructive and easy to read." "Times"
"Exciting, even exhilarating reading." "Times Literary Supplement"
"Fascinating and extremely well written work. Excellent bibliography and index. Highly recommended! All levels." "Choice"
""Reason and Culture" amounts to a personal testament - Gellner's fullest, strongest, and most accessible formulation of his commitment to reason. The book is fascinating." "Contemporary Sociology"
"He writes here as elegantly, trenchantly and wittily as in his numerous other books." "ANZJS"Vom Verlag:
The disparity between the history of the idea of rationality - from Hobbes to Rawls - and what constitutes and has constituted "reasonable" behaviour form the subject of this book. The institutions of state - government, the law, the military - are based, in the West, on the principle that human beings, if not always reasonable, are at any rate capable of being rational: those who serve the state usually believe that their actions and decisions are also informed by this principle. This is the theory, but how then do we explain, for example, why it has so frequently happened that two countries supposedly acting in their own self-interest embark on a war which does both parties considerable harm? In the course of his investigation, Professor Gellner examines and compares the institutions and ideas of secular societies in which reason is believed to inform belief with those of avowedly theocratic (including Moslem) societies where belief informs reason.
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Buchbeschreibung Buchzustand: Antiquarian. Blackwell, Oxford / Cambridge USA, 1994. Reprint 1st ed.1992. XIV,193p. Paperback. Front cover slightly creased. Small personal library mark and name on free endpaper. 'In this fascinating and extremely well written work, Gellner traces the ramifications of opposing Western rationalism to traditional notions of culture.' (Choice). 'Donning once again his old philosophical hat, Ernest Gellner pulls out of it an increasingly scarce but badly needed good: a defence of Reason, and a very militant defence at that.' (The times Higher Educational Supplement). From the library of the late Sir Kenneth James Dover. Antiquarian. Artikel-Nr. 24210