Reason and Culture: A Sociological and Philosophical Study


Reason and Culture: A Sociological and Philosophical Study of the Role of Rationality and Rationalism (New Perspectives on the Past) This book brings together the philosophical, historical and sociological discussions of rationality and strives to make clear the underlying issues and the continuity of the debate under the various idioms

  • Hardcover
  • Reason and Culture: A Sociological and Philosophical Study of the Role of Rationality and Rationalism (New Perspectives on the Past)
  • Ernest Gellner
  • 06 August 2017
  • 0631137114

About the Author: Ernest Gellner

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  1. Luc REYNAERT Luc REYNAERT says:

    Ernest Gellners book is a magisterial summary of Western philosophy Descartess individual reason against collective culture.Humes sensualism against reason ideas are residuals of qualia and habit determines the world structure.Kants idealism against sensualism the world can be constructed by pure reason and the subject is the centre of the world But a problem persists the antinomy between individual freedom and the laws of physics.Durkheims importance of rites for morality.Hegel and Marx truth is the historical process.Schopenhauer nature is evil, blind insatiate passion and aggression.Nietzsches upheaval of Schopenhauer acceptance of nature, no slave morals.Darwin and the all importance of biology.Freud sexuality and irrationalism, but no philosophical coherence.Weber the importance of a certain form of rationalism for capitalism.Chomsky language structures are innate.Popper no laws, only falsifications.The excesses of Poppers followers anything goes Paul Feyerabend.Wittgenstein Gemeinschaft community against Gesellschaft society.The enemies of reason tradition, authority, experience, emotions, unsystematic experiments put its position in our society in danger Rational research discovered that our habits also language are irrational and based on a heap of sensory perceptions Humans are biological beings.Nevertheless, reason is needed for the functioning of our society It should impose a limit on irrationality by a modus tollens all ideas which are in contradiction with the facts should be rejected.This rather small book is a very profound overview of fundamental philosophical problems.A must read.I also highly recommend the works of Bryan Magee.

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