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Dialectic - Prof. Roy Bhaskar

Paperback Published: 17th November 1994
ISBN: 9780860915836
Number Of Pages: 436

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This book attacks purely analytical modes of thinking. Bhaskar develops a critical realist philosophy, which isolates the definition of being in terms of knowledge as the characteristic flaw of traditional philosophy. He conceives a “transformational” model of society and sees social science as explanatory, and therefore of assistance to political projects of emancipation. Concerned to bridge the gap between philosophy and politics, Dialectic argues that critical realism provides the basis of a completely new and general methodology for the human sciences. This book also contains an account of the history of Western philosophy, from its pre-Socratic origins to its contemporary post-modernist forms.

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"Bhaskar goes back to the beginning of the western philosophical quest and offers a brilliant refashioning of the dialectic. Because his 'dialectical critical realism' is systematic, ontologically sustained and self-consciously ethical and political, he is able to give stunning readings of key chapters in the history of philosophy. This is a unique book full of gems" - Professor Peter Manicas, University of Hawaii "In this stunning book, Roy Bhaskar develops his own programme of critical realism into a radically new and original theory of dialectics and a critique of previous theories from the ancient Greeks to twentieth-century neo-Marxism. The result is comparable in its scope and ambition to Sartre's Critique of Dialectical Reason. It is hard to think of any other contemporary philosopher with the powers to bring this off... In short, this is a work of the very highest importance which will be one of the major reference points of philosophical and social thinking in the nineties and beyond." - Professor William Outhwaite, University of Sussex "[I] deeply admire its vast range, rigour and originality. It will be a massively important work." - Professor Terry Eagleton, University of Oxford

Introduction: Critical Realism, Hegelian Dialectic and the Problems of Philosophy - Preliminary Considerationsp. 1
Objectives of the Bookp. 1
'Dialectic': An Initial Orientationp. 3
Negationp. 4
Four Degrees of Critical Realismp. 8
Prima Facie Objections to Critical Realismp. 14
On the Sources and General Character of the Hegelian Dialecticp. 15
On the Immanent Critique and Limitations of the Hegelian Dialecticp. 23
The Fine Structure of Hegelian Dialecticp. 28
Epistemological Dialectic and the Problems of Philosophyp. 33
Dialectic: The Logic of Absence - Arguments, Themes, Perspectives, Configurationsp. 38
Absencep. 38
Emergencep. 49
Contradiction I: Hegel and Marxp. 56
Contradiction II: Misunderstandingsp. 72
On the Materialist Diffraction of Dialecticp. 86
Dialectical Arguments and the Unholy Trinityp. 102
Dialectical Motifs: Tina Formations, Mediation, Concrete Universality, etc.p. 112
On the Generalized Theory of the Dialectical Remark, the Failure of Detachment and the Presence of the Pastp. 134
Dialectical Critical Naturalismp. 152
Towards a Real Definition of Dialecticp. 173
Dialectical Critical Realism and the Dialectic of Freedomp. 204
Ontologyp. 204
The Dialectic of Truthp. 214
On the Emergence and Derivability of Dialecticized Transcendental Realismp. 224
1M Realism: Non-Identityp. 231
2E Realism: Negativityp. 238
Space, Time and Tensep. 250
Social Science, Explanatory Critique, Emancipatory Axiologyp. 258
3L Realism: Totalityp. 270
4D Realism: Agencyp. 276
The Dialectic of Desire to Freedomp. 279
Dialectical Critical Realism and the Dialectics of Critical Realismp. 299
Metacritical Dialectics: Irrealism and Its Consequencesp. 308
Irrealismp. 308
The Problems of Philosophy and Their Resolutionp. 314
Contradictions of the Critical Philosophyp. 322
Dilemmas of the Beautiful Soul and the Unhappy Consciousnessp. 326
Master and Slave: From Dialectics of Reconciliation to Dialectics of Liberationp. 330
The Metacritique of the Hegelian Dialecticp. 336
Marxian Dialectic I: The Rational Kernel in the Mystical Shellp. 344
Marxian Dialectic II: The Mystical Shell in the Rational Kernelp. 348
Metacritical Dialectics: Philosophical Ideologies - Their Sublation and Explanationp. 354
The Consequences of Irrealismp. 365
Diffracted and Retotalized Dialecticsp. 370
Dialectic as the Pulse of Freedomp. 378
Notesp. 386
Glossaryp. 392
Name Indexp. 407
Subject Indexp. 409
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ISBN: 9780860915836
ISBN-10: 0860915832
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 436
Published: 17th November 1994
Publisher: Verso Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1

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