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Reason and Culture By Ernest Gellner

Reason and Culture by Ernest Gellner

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An examination of the disparity between the history of the idea of rationality and what constitutes and has constituted "reasonable" behaviour. The book compares the ideas of secular societies with those of avowedly theocratic, including Moslem, societies.

Reason and Culture Summary

Reason and Culture: A Sociological and Philosophical Study of the Role of Rationality and Rationalism by Ernest Gellner

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.

Table of Contents

1. Reason and Culture: The Legacy of Descartes 2. The Roots of Compulsion: The Legacy of Durkheim 3. The Confrontations of Reason: The Heirs of Descartes 4. The Mundane Enemies of Reason: From Hegel to Freud 5. Ailments of Reason: The Descent from Popper 6. Counter Currents: Some Consequences of Wittgenstein 7. Rationality as a way of life: Reason and the Emergence of Modern Society 8. Prometheus Perplexed: Rationality and Subjectivity 9. Recapitulation.

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GOR005398267
9780631137115
0631137114
Reason and Culture: A Sociological and Philosophical Study of the Role of Rationality and Rationalism by Ernest Gellner
Used - Very Good
Paperback
John Wiley and Sons Ltd
1992-04-02
160
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