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Eurocentrism: a marxian critical realist critique

Eurocentrism: a marxian critical realist critique

1st Edition

Nick Hostettler
May 19, 2014

The political and social structures of modernity are dominated by really eurocentric forms and relations, yet the theorisation of the eurocentricity of modernity remains barely developed. At the same time, modern political and social theory is fundamentally eurocentric, yet the critique of...

Ontology Revisited: Metaphysics in Social and Political Philosophy

Ontology Revisited: Metaphysics in Social and Political Philosophy

1st Edition

Ruth Groff
May 19, 2014

Groff's argument runs counter to the familiar anti-metaphysical habit. Social and political philosophy, she maintains, is not as metaphysically neutral as it may seem. Even the most deontological of theories connects up with an attendant set of philosophical commitments regarding what kinds of...

A Realist Theory of Art History

A Realist Theory of Art History

1st Edition

Ian Verstegen
May 19, 2014

As the theoretical alignments within academia shift, this book introduces a surprising variety of realism to abolish the old positivist-theory dichotomy that has haunted Art History. Demanding frankly the referential detachment of the objects under study, the book proposes a stratified,...

Engaging with the World: Agency, Institutions, Historical Formations

Engaging with the World: Agency, Institutions, Historical Formations

1st Edition

Margaret S Archer, Andrea Maccarini
May 19, 2014

 This title reflects the general theme of the 2010 IACR annual conference that was held in Padova, Italy, the aim of which was to provide a fresh view on some cultural and structural changes involving Western societies after the world economic crisis of 2008, from the point of view of...

What's Critical About Critical Realism?: Essays in Reconstructive Social Theory

What's Critical About Critical Realism?: Essays in Reconstructive Social Theory

1st Edition

Frédéric Vandenberghe
May 19, 2014

What's Critical About Critical Realism?: Essays in Reconstructive Social Theory draws together 4 major articles that are situated at the intersection of philosophy and sociology. Preceded by a general presentation of Bhaskar´s work, critical realism is used to reconstruct the...

Conversations About Reflexivity

Conversations About Reflexivity

1st Edition

Margaret S. Archer
November 11, 2013

" Reflexivity" is defined as the regular exercise of the mental ability, shared by all normal people, to consider themselves in relation to their (social) contexts and vice versa. In addition to this sociological interest, it allows us to hold idle or trivial internal conversations. Focussing fully...

Childhoods Real and Imagined: Volume 1: An introduction to critical realism and childhood studies

Childhoods Real and Imagined: Volume 1: An introduction to critical realism and childhood studies

1st Edition

Priscilla Alderson
May 13, 2013

"This book is unusually rewarding in that its author has pulled off the rare trick of providing deep philosophical and theoretical underpinnings to a comprehensive reconsideration of childhood. Priscilla Alderson deploys Bhaskar's 'dialectical critical realism' to excellent effect, illuminating not...

Relational Sociology: A New Paradigm for the Social Sciences

Relational Sociology: A New Paradigm for the Social Sciences

1st Edition

Pierpaolo Donati
January 20, 2012

‘Simultaneous invention’ has become commonplace in the natural sciences, but is still virtually unknown within the sphere of social science. The convergence of two highly compatible versions of Critical Realism from two independent sources is a striking exception. Pierpaolo Donati’s Relational...

The Economics of Science: A Critical Realist Overview: Volume 1: Illustrations and Philosophical Preliminaries

The Economics of Science: A Critical Realist Overview: Volume 1: Illustrations and Philosophical Preliminaries

1st Edition

David Tyfield
November 21, 2011

Dramatic and controversial changes in the funding of science over the past two decades, towards its increasing commercialization, have stimulated a huge literature trying to set out an "economics of science". Whether broadly in favour or against these changes, the vast majority of these frameworks...

Ecophilosophy in a World of Crisis: Critical realism and the Nordic Contributions

Ecophilosophy in a World of Crisis: Critical realism and the Nordic Contributions

1st Edition

Roy Bhaskar, Petter Naess, Karl Georg Høyer
September 29, 2011

  Building on its origins at a seminar in Oslo organized by two of the editors, this book combines classic texts of Nordic ecophilosophy and the original contributions of those influenced by this tradition to  present the view that critical realism is indeed a worthy intellectual tradition to...

Interdisciplinarity and Climate Change: Transforming Knowledge and Practice for Our Global Future

Interdisciplinarity and Climate Change: Transforming Knowledge and Practice for Our Global Future

1st Edition

Roy Bhaskar, Cheryl Frank, Karl Georg Høyer, Petter Naess, Jenneth Parker
January 25, 2010

Interdisciplinarity and Climate Change is a major new book addressing one of the most challenging questions of our time. Its unique standpoint is based on the recognition that effective and coherent interdisciplinarity is necessary to deal with the issue of climate change, and the multitude of...

The Formation of Critical Realism: A Personal Perspective

The Formation of Critical Realism: A Personal Perspective

1st Edition

Roy Bhaskar, Mervyn Hartwig
January 18, 2010

This series of interviews, conducted in the form of exchanges between Roy Bhaskar and Mervyn Hartwig, tells a riveting story of the formation and development of critical realism. Three intersecting and interweaving narratives unfold in the course of this unfinished story: the personal narrative of...

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