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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Critical Realism: Interventions

The first Routledge/CCR book series, Critical Realism: Interventions was initally concerned with interventions in ongoing fields, such as sociology, economics, rational choice theory, Marxism, international relations, racism, citizenship, archaeology, business management, organisation theory and quantum mechanics. It has since expanded to include more thematic studies such as Being and Worth, and Explaining Society and Transcendence. In 2007 it published the Dictionary of Critical Realism, a major reference work edited by Mervyn Hartwig.

  1. Contradictions of Archaeological Theory

    Engaging Critical Realism and Archaeological Theory

    By Sandra Wallace

    Series: Critical Realism: Interventions (Routledge Critical Realism)

    Is current archaeological theory stuck at an impasse? Sandra Wallace argues that archaeological theory has become mired as a result of logical and ontological contradictions. By showing that these contradictions are a result of common underlying philosophical assumptions and fallacies this book is...

    Published June 8th 2011 by Routledge

  2. Maurice Mandelbaum and American Critical Realism

    Edited by Ian F. Verstegen

    Series: Critical Realism: Interventions (Routledge Critical Realism)

    Many have wondered about the similarity in name of American critical realism and the movement of the same name begun by Roy Bhaskar. The figure of Maurice Mandelbaum complicates the relationship, not only due to his career bridging the two movements but also Mandelbaum’s concern not only with...

    Published December 8th 2009 by Routledge

  3. (Mis)recognition, Social Inequality and Social Justice

    Nancy Fraser and Pierre Bourdieu

    Edited by Terry Lovell

    Series: Critical Realism: Interventions (Routledge Critical Realism)

    Nancy Fraser’s work provides a theory of justice from multiple perspectives which has created a powerful frame for the analysis of political, moral and pragmatic dilemmas in an era of global capitalism and cultural pluralism. It has been developed through dialogue with key contemporary thinkers,...

    Published August 9th 2007 by Routledge

  4. A Social Theory of the Nation-State

    The Political Forms of Modernity Beyond Methodological Nationalism

    By Daniel Chernilo

    Series: Critical Realism: Interventions (Routledge Critical Realism)

    A Social Theory of the Nation-State: the political forms of modernity beyond methodological nationalism, construes a novel and original social theory of the nation-state. It rejects nationalistic ways of thinking that take the nation-state for granted as much as globalist orthodoxy that speaks of...

    Published July 15th 2007 by Routledge

  5. Dictionary of Critical Realism

    Edited by Mervyn Hartwig

    Series: Critical Realism: Interventions (Routledge Critical Realism)

    Dictionary of Critical Realism fulfils a vital gap in the literature, Critical Realism is often criticised for being too opaque and deploying too much jargon, thereby making the concepts inaccessible for a wider audience. However, as Hartwig puts it 'Just as the tools of the various skilled trades...

    Published February 28th 2007 by Routledge

  6. Rethinking Marxism

    From Kant and Hegel to Marx and Engels

    By Jolyon Agar

    Series: Critical Realism: Interventions (Routledge Critical Realism)

    First published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published September 20th 2006 by Routledge

  7. Transcendence

    Critical Realism and God

    By Margaret S. Archer, Andrew Collier, Douglas V. Porpora

    Series: Critical Realism: Interventions (Routledge Critical Realism)

    Atheism as a belief does not have to present intellectual credentials within academia. Yet to hold beliefs means giving reasons for doing so, ones which may be found wanting. Instead, atheism is the automatic default setting within the academic world. Conversely, religious belief confronts a...

    Published April 22nd 2004 by Routledge

  8. Capitalism and Citizenship

    The Impossible Partnership

    By Kathryn Dean

    Series: Critical Realism: Interventions (Routledge Critical Realism)

    Can capitalism and citizenship co-exist? In recent years advocates of the Third Way have championed the idea of public-spirited capitalism as the antidote to the many problems confronting the modern world. This book develops a multi-disciplinary theory of citizenship, exploring the human abilities...

    Published July 16th 2003 by Routledge

  9. After International Relations

    Critical Realism and the (Re)Construction of World Politics

    By Heikki Patomäki

    Series: Critical Realism: Interventions (Routledge Critical Realism)

    After International Relations articulates a systematic critical realist response to a quest for more emancipatory methodologies in International Relations. Heikki Patomäki here establishes a way out of the international relations problematic which has puzzled so many great thinkers and scholars...

    Published December 5th 2001 by Routledge

  10. Critical Realism and Marxism

    Edited by Andrew Brown, Steve Fleetwood, John Michael Roberts

    Series: Critical Realism: Interventions (Routledge Critical Realism)

    This book examines the relationship between critical realism and Marxism. The authors argue that critical realism and Marxism have much to gain from each other. This is the first book to address the controversial debates between critical realism and Marxism, and it does so from a wide range if...

    Published October 4th 2001 by Routledge

  11. Being and Worth

    By Andrew Collier

    Series: Critical Realism: Interventions (Routledge Critical Realism)

    Being and Worth extends recent depth-realist philosophy to the question of values. It argues that beings both in the natural and human worlds have worth in themselves, whether we recognise it or not. This view is defended through and account of the human mind as essentially...

    Published April 22nd 1999 by Routledge