Critical Realism

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Part of Routledge Sociology, the Critical Realism list is dedicated to publishing classic and cutting-edge titles that explore the implications of the critical realist philosophy across a wide range of fields and disciplines.


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Classical Texts in Critical Realism

This series is devoted to the republication in new editions of some of the canonical texts of critical realism. Its publications include new editions of Roy Bhaskar’s A Realist Theory of Science, Scientific Realism and Human Emancipation, Dialectic: The Pulse of Freedom, Plato Etc. and Reflections on metaReality. It is shortly to publish a new edition of Margaret Archer’s Social Origins of Educational Systems (1979).

  1. The Philosophy of MetaReality

    Creativity, Love and Freedom

    By Roy Bhaskar

    Series: Classical Texts in Critical Realism (Routledge Critical Realism)

    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...

    Published February 20th 2012 by Routledge

  2. From Science to Emancipation

    Alienation and the Actuality of Enlightenment

    By Roy Bhaskar

    Series: Classical Texts in Critical Realism (Routledge Critical Realism)

    From Science to Emancipation: Alienation and the Actuality of Enlightenment is the second of three books elaborating Roy Bhaskar’s new philosophy of metaReality, which appeared in rapid succession in 2002. With a new introduction from Mervyn Hartwig, this book contains some of the original...

    Published December 19th 2011 by Routledge

  3. Reflections on metaReality

    Transcendence, Emancipation and Everyday Life

    By Roy Bhaskar

    Series: Classical Texts in Critical Realism (Routledge Critical Realism)

    Reflections on meta-Reality is now widely regarded as a landmark in contemporary philosophy. It initiates the philosophy of meta-Reality, the third main phase of Roy Bhaskar’s philosophical thoughts, after original or basic critical realism and dialectical critical realism. Originally published in...

    Published September 22nd 2011 by Routledge

  4. Philosophy and the Idea of Freedom

    By Roy Bhaskar

    Series: Classical Texts in Critical Realism (Routledge Critical Realism)

    In Philosophy and the Idea of Freedom Roy Bhaskar sets out to develop a critique of the work of Richard Rorty, who must be one of the most influential authors of recent decades. In a brilliant tour de force, Bhaskar shows how Rorty falls victim to the very epistemological problematic Rorty himself...

    Published October 26th 2010 by Routledge

  5. Reclaiming Reality

    A Critical Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy

    By Roy Prof Bhaskar

    Series: Classical Texts in Critical Realism (Routledge Critical Realism)

    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...

    Published October 17th 2010 by Routledge

  6. Plato Etc

    The Problems of Philosophy and their Resolution

    By Roy Bhaskar

    Series: Classical Texts in Critical Realism (Routledge Critical Realism)

    In this concise text, Roy Bhaskar sets out to diagnose, explain and resolve the "problems of philosophy". Plato Etc. reviews all the main areas of the subject: the theory of knowledge and philosophy of science; the philosophy of logic and language; the philosophies of space, time and causality; the...

    Published October 25th 2009 by Routledge

  7. Scientific Realism and Human Emancipation

    By Roy Bhaskar

    Series: Classical Texts in Critical Realism (Routledge Critical Realism)

    Following on from Roy Bhaskar’s first two books, A Realist Theory of Science and The Possibility of Naturalism, Scientific Realism and Human Emancipation, establishes the conception of social science as explanatory—and thence emancipatory—critique. Scientific Realism and Human Emancipation...

    Published January 25th 2009 by Routledge

  8. A Realist Theory of Science

    By Roy Bhaskar

    Series: Classical Texts in Critical Realism (Routledge Critical Realism)

    Now acknowledged as a classic in the philosophy of science, A Realist Theory of Science is one of the very few books which has transformed, not only our understanding of science, but that of the nature of the world it studies. Since its original publication in 1975, this book has inspired the...

    Published July 4th 2008 by Routledge

  9. Dialectic

    The Pulse of Freedom

    By Roy Bhaskar

    Series: Classical Texts in Critical Realism (Routledge Critical Realism)

    Dialectic is now widely regarded as a classic of contemporary philosophy. This book, first published in 1993, sets itself three main aims: the development of a general theory of dialectic, of which Hegelian dialectic can be seen to be a special case; the dialectical enrichment and deepening of...

    Published July 1st 2008 by Routledge