|Edited by John A. Hall and Ian Jarvie
Amsterdam-Atlanta, GA: Rodopi, 1996
It remains to be said that we had hoped to present this volume to a still-productive Ernest Gellner, a sentiment echoed in many of the paper. Instead, it is our grim duty to report that Gellner died suddenly, whilst at the height of his powers, on 5 November 1995 — on the eve of a conference on Popper which he had organized and was expecting to orchestrate, and one month before a conference organized by the Central European University to mark the occasion of his seventieth birthday. His loss, both in terms of intellectual output and his considerable impact on the consolidation of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe, is a grievous blow. As a consequence of Gellner’s death, we have made some small changes to our own Introduction, but have left the rest of the volume in the form in which it was intended.