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Reclaiming Reality : A Critical Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy - Roy Bhaskar

Reclaiming Reality

A Critical Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy

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Originally published in 1989, Reclaiming Reality still provides the most accessible introduction to the increasingly influential multi-disciplinary and international body of thought, known as critical realism. It is designed to "underlabour" both for the sciences, especially the human sciences, and for the projects of human emancipation which such sciences may come to inform; and provides an enlightening intervention in current debates about realism and relativism, positivism and poststucturalism, modernism and postmodernism, etc.

Elaborating his critical realist perspective on society, nature, science and philosophy itself, Roy Bhaskar shows how this perspective can be used to undermine currently fashionable ideologies of the Right, and at the same time, to clear the ground for a reinvigorated Left. Reclaiming Reality contains powerful critiques of some of the most important schools of thought and thinkers of recent years-from Bachelard and Feyerabend to Rorty and Habermas; and it advances novel and convincing resolutions of many traditional philosophical problems.

Now with a new introduction from Mervyn Hartwig, this book continues to provide a straightforward and stimulating introduction to current debates in philosophy and social theory for the interested lay reader and student alike. Reclaiming Reality will be of particular value not only for critical realists but for all those concerned with the revitalization of the socialist emancipatory project and the renaissance of the Marxist theoretical tradition.

"Bhaskar has provided what is, arguably, the most comprehensive, the most rigorous and the best available account of the sciences, both natural and social." --Gerry Webster (Biology Forum 1989) "Breathtaking in the scope and power of its immanent critique of contemporary philosophy." --Andrew Sayer (International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 1990) "Bhaskar has fashioned a wholly new context for argumentation about social ontology ... His work merits enormous critical attention in all the human sciences." --John Shotter (History of the Human Sciences 1991) "Contains perhaps the finest brief historical and methodological assessment in English of the major issues in Marx's philosophy." --Michael Sprinker (New Left Review 1992)

Introductionp. vii
Prefacep. xv
Critical Realism, Social Relations and Arguing for Socialismp. 1
Realism in the Natural Sciencesp. 11
Feyerabend and Bachelard: Two Philosophies of Sciencep. 26
Philosophies as Ideologies of Science: A Contribution to the Critique of Positivismp. 49
On the Possibility of Social Scientific Knowledge and the Limits of Naturalismp. 66
Scientific Explanation and Human Emancipationp. 89
Dialectics, Materialism and Theory of Knowledgep. 115
Dialecticsp. 115
Materialismp. 125
Theory of Knowledgep. 132
Rorty, Realism and the Idea of Freedomp. 146
What is Critical Realism?p. 180
Notesp. 193
Name Indexp. 209
Subject Indexp. 212
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ISBN: 9780415454933
ISBN-10: 041545493X
Series: Classical Texts in Critical Realism (Routledge)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 8th December 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.6  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1