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Critical Realism : An Introduction to Roy Bhaskar's Philosophy - Andrew Collier

Critical Realism

An Introduction to Roy Bhaskar's Philosophy

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Published: 17th April 1994
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The work of Roy Bhaskar has had far-reaching effects in the philosophy of science and for political and moral theories of human emancipation. It shows how to overcome the atomistic and narrowly human-centered approaches which have dominated European thought for four centuries. In this readable introduction to his work, Andrew Collier expounds and defends the main concepts of Bhaskar’s philosophy.

The first part of this book looks at the philosophy of experimental science and discusses the stratification of nature, showing how biological structures are founded on chemical ones yet are not reducible to them. This paves the way, in part two, for a discussion of the human sciences which demonstrates that the world they study is also rooted in and emergent from nature. Bhaskar’s concept of an “explanatory critique” (an explanation that is also a criticism, not in addition to, but by virtue of, its explanatory work) is discussed at length as a key concept for ethics and politics. Collier concludes by looking at the uses to which critical realism has been put in clarifying disputes within the human sciences with particular reference to linguistics, psychoanalysis, economics and politics.

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Preface
Transcendental Realism
Why Realism? Why Transcendental?p. 3
Experiment and Depth Realismp. 31
The Impossibility of Empiricism and Idealismp. 70
Stratification and Emergencep. 107
Critical Naturalism
Social Being and Social Knowledgep. 137
Explanation and Emancipationp. 169
Interventionsp. 205
Why Critical? How Naturalist?p. 237
Biographical Notep. 262
Bibliographyp. 264
Name Indexp. 269
Subject Indexp. 272
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ISBN: 9780860916024
ISBN-10: 0860916022
Audience: BAG
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 17th April 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.9  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1