The Philosophy of MetaReality
Creativity, Love and Freedom
By Roy Bhaskar
Published February 21st 2012 by Routledge – 456 pages
The Philosophy of MetaReality: Creativity, Love and Freedom is the third of three books elaborating Roy Bhaskar’s philosophy of metaReality, which appeared in rapid succession in 2002. A big, rich book teaming with ideas, The Philosophy of MetaReality is undoubtedly the magnum opus of Bhaskar’s spiritual turn.
Building on a radical new analysis of the self, human agency and society, Roy Bhaskar shows how the world of alienation and crisis we currently inhabit is sustained by the ground-state qualities of intelligence, creativity, love, acapacity for right-action and a potential for human self realisation or fulfilment.
A new introduction to this edition by Mervyn Hartwig, founding editor of The Journal of Critical Realism and editor of A Dictionary of Critical Realism (Routledge, 2007), describes the context, significance and impact of The Philosophy of metaReality, and supplies an expert guide to its content. This book is essential reading for students and practitioners of both philosophy and the human sciences.
1. The Vedanta of Conciousness: Transcendence, Enlightenment and Everyday Life 2. The Alienated Self and the Kabbala of Transformation 3. The Zen of Creativity and the Critique of the Discursive Intellect 4. The Tao of Love and Unconditionality In Commitment 5. The Yoga of Action and Effortless Efficiency 6. The Nous of Perception and the Re-enchantment of the Tree of Life 7. The Gnosis of Freedom and the Fana of Fulfilment
Roy Bhaskar is the originator of the philosophy of critical realism, and the author of many acclaimed and influential works including A Realist Theory of Science, The Possibility of Naturalism, Scientific Realism and Human Emancipation, Dialectic: the pulse of freedom, Plato Etc., From Science to Emancipation and (with Mervyn Hartwig) The Formation of Critical Realism. He is an editor of Critical Realism: essential readings and Interdisciplinarity and Climate Change and was the founding chair of the Centre for Critical Realism. He is currently a World Scholar at the University of London Institute of Education.