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Harriman Institute




Ernest Gellner. The Meaning of the Century

Ernest Gellner, sociologist, philosopher and social anthropologist, delivered the fifth annual W. Averell Harriman Lecture, “The Meaning of the Century,” on October 25, 1994. Gellner has written extensively on teh anthropology of the Islamic world, nationalism, and the politics of Eastern Europe. Since 1993 he has been research professor at the Central European University in Prague and Director of its Center for the Study of Nationalism. He is also a professional fellow at King’s College, Cambridge. Recent publications include “The Psychoanalytic Movement” (1985), “Culture, Identity and Politics” (1987) and “Postmodernism, Reason and Religion” (1992).