Fathoming the Depths of Reality
By Roy Bhaskar
Routledge – 2013 – 240 pages
Credited as the originator of the increasingly influential, international and multidisciplinary philosophy of critical realism, Roy Bhaskar's philosophy is presented here in perhaps the clearest format yet. In a series of dialogues with Savita Singh, the specific biographical origins, trajectory and context of the development of Critical Realism is developed and a concise statement of his system of dialectical critical realism is specially featured. This revealing book incorporates sustained dialogues on :
* the relationship between critical realism and marxism
* issues of modernity and modernization
* problems of everyday life including questions of our successes and failures, objectives and dreams, anxieties and frustraions.
Finally the book articulates Roy Bhaskar's latest ideas on the 'spiritual turn', through the philosophy of Meta-reality to the theory of co-presence, transcendental subjectivity and subject-subject relationality.
Preface Part 1 1. The Origins of Critical Realism 2. The Early Development of Critical Realism 3. Transcendental Realism and Critical Naturalism 4. The Later Development of Critical Realism 5. Dialectical Critical Realism Part 2: Critical Realism: Applications and Issues 6. Critical Realism and Marxism 7. Critical Realism and Modernity 8. Critical Realism and Feminism 9. Dilemmas of Alienated Being Part 3: The Frontiers of Critical Realism 10. Transcendental Dialectical Critical Realism 11. The Philosophy of Meta-Reality and the Vedanta of Everyday Life 12. Postscript: From 9/11 to the Asian Tsunami and Beyond
Savita Singh teaches political theory at Delhi University and has recently completed a study on the contemporary discourse of modernity in India. She is the author of two widely acclaimed collections of Hindu poems Apne jaisa jeevan (Life like its own) and Nind thi aur Raat Thi (There was sleep and there was Night) and a forthcoming English collection of poems, Blind days.
Roy Bhaskar is best known as the originator of the philosophy of critical realism. He is the author of numerous acclaimed and seminal books, including A Realist Theory of Science (1975), The Possibility of Naturalism (1979), Scientific Realism and Human Emancipation (1986), Dialectic: the Pulse of Freedom (1993), and is widely recognized as one of the world's greatest philosophers.