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Dialectic and Difference: Dialectical Critical Realism and the Grounds of Justice

Dialectic and Difference: Dialectical Critical Realism and the Grounds of Justice

1st Edition

Alan Norrie
October 27, 2009

Dialectic and Difference is the first systematic exploration of Roy Bhaskar’s dialectical philosophy and its implications for ethics and justice. That philosophy has three aims: a dialecticisation of original critical realism, a ‘critical realisation’ of dialectic, and a metacritique of western...

The Political Economy of European Social Democracy: A Critical Realist Approach

The Political Economy of European Social Democracy: A Critical Realist Approach

1st Edition

David J. Bailey
May 18, 2009

This book takes an in-depth look into recent developments in European social democracy. It begins by highlighting the somewhat paradoxical turn by a number of social democratic parties towards enhanced support for European integration, a move that has occurred despite the apparently ‘neoliberal’...

Science For Humanism: The Recovery of Human Agency

Science For Humanism: The Recovery of Human Agency

1st Edition

Charles R. Varela
January 07, 2009

In the 18th century, the pre-modern Judeo-Greco-Christian problem of freedom and determinism is transformed by Kant into the modern problem of the freedom of human agency in the natural and cultural worlds of deterministic structures; it is this version of the freedom and determinism issue which...

(Mis)recognition, Social Inequality and Social Justice: Nancy Fraser and Pierre Bourdieu

(Mis)recognition, Social Inequality and Social Justice: Nancy Fraser and Pierre Bourdieu

1st Edition

Terry Lovell
December 24, 2007

Nancy Fraser’s work provides a theory of justice from multiple perspectives which has created a powerful frame for the analysis of political, moral and pragmatic dilemmas in an era of global capitalism and cultural pluralism. It has been developed through dialogue with key contemporary thinkers,...

Making Realism Work: Realist Social Theory and Empirical Research

Making Realism Work: Realist Social Theory and Empirical Research

1st Edition

Bob Carter, Caroline New
September 02, 2004

In this innovative book, theorists and researchers from various social science disciplines explore the potential of realist social theory for empirical research. The examples are drawn from a wide range of fields health and medicine, crime, housing, sociolinguistics, development theory and deal...

Critical Realist Applications in Organisation and Management Studies

Critical Realist Applications in Organisation and Management Studies

1st Edition

Stephen Ackroyd, Steve Fleetwood
June 03, 2004

Critical realism has become increasingly important in the way organization and management is studied. This innovative book argues for an alternative to the prevailing ontology, and shows how positivism and its empirical realist ontology can be abandoned without having to accept strong social...

Explaining Society: Critical Realism in the Social Sciences

Explaining Society: Critical Realism in the Social Sciences

1st Edition

Berth Danermark, Mats Ekstrom, Liselotte Jakobsen, Jan ch. Karlsson
November 22, 2001

This book will be immensely valuable for students and researchers in social science, sociology and philosophy in that it connects methodology, theory and empirical research. It provides an innovative picture of what society and social science is, along with the methods used to study and explain...

Rational Choice Theory: Resisting Colonisation

Rational Choice Theory: Resisting Colonisation

1st Edition

Margaret S. Archer, Jonathan Q. Tritter
December 14, 2000

Rational Choice Theory is flourishing in sociology and is increasingly influential in other disciplines. Contributors to this volume are convinced that it provides an inadequate conceptualization of all aspects of decision making: of the individuals who make the decisions, of the process by which...

Realist Perspectives on Management and Organisations

Realist Perspectives on Management and Organisations

1st Edition

Stephen Ackroyd, Steve Fleetwood
November 23, 2000

Realism has been one of the most powerful new developments in philosophy and the social sciences and is now making an increasing impact in business and management studies. This is the first book-length treatment of critical realism in business and management. It pulls together a wide range of...

Quantum Theory and the Flight from Realism: Philosophical Responses to Quantum Mechanics

Quantum Theory and the Flight from Realism: Philosophical Responses to Quantum Mechanics

1st Edition

Christopher Norris
March 02, 2000

This book is a critical introduction to the long-standing debate concerning the conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics and the problems it has posed for physicists and philosophers from Einstein to the present. Quantum theory has been a major infulence on postmodernism, and presents...

Critical Realism: Essential Readings

Critical Realism: Essential Readings

1st Edition

Margaret Archer, Roy Bhaskar, Andrew Collier, Tony Lawson, Alan Norrie
September 17, 1998

Critical realism is a movement in philosophy and the human sciences most closely associated with the work of Roy Bhaskar. Since the publication of Bhaskars A Realist Theory of Science, critical realism has had a profound influence on a wide range of subjects. This reader makes accessible, in one...

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