Language and Solitude: Wittgenstein, Malinowski, and the Habsburg Dilemma


Ernest Gellner (1925-1995) has been described as "one of the last great central European polymath intellectuals." In this, his last book, he throws new light on two key figures of the twentieth century: the philosopher Wittgenstein, and Malinowski, founder of modern British social anthropology. Gellner shows how the thought of both men grew from a common background of assumptions about human nature, society, and language. He ties together themes that preoccupied him, epitomizing his belief that philosophy--far from "leaving everything as it is"--is about important historical, social and personal issues.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • I. C. Jarvie
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Cambridge, England
Publication year:
  • 1998


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