Critical Realism: Essential Readings

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Margaret Scotford Archer, Roy Bhaskar, Andrew Collier, Tony Lawson, Alan Norrie
Psychology Press, 1998 - Philosophy - 756 pages
Critical realism has emerged as one of the most powerful new directions in the philosophy of science and social science, offering a real alternative to both positivism and postmodernism. This reader makes accessible key readings to stimulate debate about and within critical realism, including: the transcendental realist philosophy of science, the theory of explanatory critique, which is central to critical realism, and the theme of dialectic, which is central to Bhaskar's most recent writings. The volume includes extracts from Bhaskar's most important books, as well as selections from all of the other most important contributors to the critical realist program. It also includes both a general introduction and original introductions to each section.
 

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Contents

Basic rexts and developments
3
Philosophy and scientific realism
16
The logic of scientific discovery
48
Conceptual and natural necessity
104
A realist inrerpreration
120
Economic science without expetimenration Abstraction
144
PART II
185
Societies
206
Theory and practice Reason and
409
Explanation and emancipation
444
On Bhaskars argument
473
Addressing the cultural sysrem
503
The praxiology of legal judgement
544
PART IV
559
Ctitical realism and dialectic
575
Dialectical ctitical realism and erhics
641

Stratified explanation and Marxs conception of history
258
Realism and social science
282
ROY BHASKAR
297
A realist social science
313
Four concepts of social structure
339
PART III
383
Science social science and socialist
395
The power of negative thinking
688
Realism and formalism in erhics
695
Finding fault in the ctiminal law
702
ALAN NORRIE
723
Index
740
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