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Ernest Gellner Quotes

The strong belief that the interests of a particular nation-state are of primary importance. Also, the belief that a people who share a common language, history, and culture should constitute an independent nation, free of foreign domination.
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It is nationalism which engenders nations, and not the other way round.

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It is precisely by binding things together that traditional visions perpetuate themselves and the prejudgments contained within them; and it is by insisting on prising things apart that we have liberated ourselves from them

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Philosophy is explicitness, generality, orientation and assessment. That which one would insinuate, thereof one must speak.

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Ideas, and even the detection of errors, require more than care and caution.

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A cleric who loses his faith abandons his calling; a philosopher who loses his redefines his subject.

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Capital, like capitalism, seems an overrated category.

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[I am a humble adherent of] ... Enlightenment Rationalist Fundamentalism.

— Ernest Gellner

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