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Routledge Studies in Critical Realism


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Critical Realism is a broad movement within philosophy and social science. It is a movement that began in British philosophy and sociology following the founding work of Roy Bhaskar, Margaret Archer and others. Critical Realism emerged from the desire to realise an adequate realist philosophy of science, social science, and of critique. Against empiricism, positivism and various idealisms (interpretivism, radical social constructionism), Critical Realism argues for the necessity of ontology. The pursuit of ontology is the attempt to understand and say something about ‘the things themselves’ and not simply about our beliefs, experiences, or our current knowledge and understanding of those things. Critical Realism also argues against the implicit ontology of the empiricists and idealists of events and regularities, reducing reality to thought, language, belief, custom, or experience. Instead Critical Realism advocates a structural realist and causal powers approach to natural and social ontology, with a focus upon social relations and process of social transformation.

Important movements within Critical Realism include the morphogenetic approach developed by Margaret Archer; Critical Realist economics developed by Tony Lawson; as well as dialectical Critical Realism (embracing being, becoming and absence) and the philosophy of metaReality (emphasising priority of the non-dual) developed by Roy Bhaskar.

For over thirty years, Routledge has been closely associated with Critical Realism and, in particular, the work of Roy Bhaskar, publishing well over fifty works in, or informed by, Critical Realism (in series including Critical Realism: Interventions; Ontological Explorations; New Studies in Critical Realism and Education). These have all now been brought together under one series dedicated to Critical Realism.

The Centre for Critical Realism is the advisory editorial board for the series. If you would like to know more about the Centre for Critical Realism, or to submit a book proposal, please visit www.centreforcriticalrealism.com.

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The Space that Separates: A Realist Theory of Art

The Space that Separates: A Realist Theory of Art

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Nick Wilson
September 24, 2019

The Space that Separates: A Realist Theory of Art radically challenges our assumptions about what art is, what art does, who is doing it, and why it matters. Rejecting the modernist and market-driven misconception that art is only what artists do, Wilson instead presents a realist case for living...

Social and Ethnic Inequalities in the Cypriot Education System: A Critical Realist View on Empowerment

Social and Ethnic Inequalities in the Cypriot Education System: A Critical Realist View on Empowerment

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Areti Stylianou, David Scott
June 24, 2019

Accommodating the diversity of learners in mainstream schooling and providing high quality education for all, inclusive education is prioritised at international and European levels as a human rights issue and as a reform strategy which tackles inequalities and promotes social cohesion within both...

Explaining Society: Critical Realism in the Social Sciences

Explaining Society: Critical Realism in the Social Sciences

2nd Edition

Berth Danermark, Mats Ekström, Jan Ch. Karlsson
April 08, 2019

Fully revised, with an updated bibliography and new, relevant illustrative examples based on work inspired by critical realism, this new edition of Explaining Society constitutes an up-to-date resource connecting methodology, theory, and empirical research. Including discussions of more recent...

Sociology, Health and the Fractured Society: A Critical Realist Account

Sociology, Health and the Fractured Society: A Critical Realist Account

1st Edition

Graham Scambler
March 21, 2019

It is now accepted that many of the determinants of health and health care are social. This volume offers a philosophical and theoretical frame within which the nature and extent of this might be optimally examined. The analysis is rooted in Roy Bhaskar’s basic and dialectical critical realism,...

Religious Education from a Critical Realist Perspective: Sensus Fidei and Critical Thinking

Religious Education from a Critical Realist Perspective: Sensus Fidei and Critical Thinking

1st Edition

Johnny C. Go
December 13, 2018

This book examines the possibility and necessity of critical thinking in religious education through the lenses of critical realism and the Christian doctrine of sensus fidei (‘sense of faith’). Drawing on Bhaskar’s original critical realism and data from a survey of over a thousand teachers in the...

The Subject of Human Being

The Subject of Human Being

1st Edition

Christopher W. Haley
October 22, 2018

The Subject of Human Being presents a sweeping account of the nature of human existence. As a work of philosophical anthropology, the analysis ranges from the basic powers emerging from the mind, to our extraordinary psychological capacities, to the shared sociocultural worlds we inhabit. The book...

Ethical Consumption: Practices and Identities: A Realist Approach

Ethical Consumption: Practices and Identities: A Realist Approach

1st Edition

Yana Manyukhina
May 23, 2018

This book engages with the topic of ethical consumption and applies a critical-realist approach to explore the process of becoming and being an ethical consumer. By integrating Margaret Archer’s theory of identity formation and Christian Coff’s work on food ethics, it develops a theoretical account...

Empiricism and the Metatheory of the Social Sciences

Empiricism and the Metatheory of the Social Sciences

1st Edition

Roy Bhaskar
March 26, 2018

A picture has indeed held modern Western philosophy captive, that of the universe as a vast machine whose iron laws are best understood as exceptionless empirical regularities which, as it were, determine the future before it happens. This fantastic conception commands the assent, not just of...

Interdisciplinarity and Wellbeing: A Critical Realist General Theory of Interdisciplinarity

Interdisciplinarity and Wellbeing: A Critical Realist General Theory of Interdisciplinarity

1st Edition

Roy Bhaskar, Berth Danermark, Leigh Price
June 21, 2017

In this book, the authors provide a much-needed general theory of interdisciplinarity and relate it to health/wellbeing research and professional practice. In so doing they make it possible for practitioners of the different disciplines to communicate without contradiction or compromise, resolving...

On Christian Belief: A Defence of a Cognitive Conception of Religious Belief in a Christian Context

On Christian Belief: A Defence of a Cognitive Conception of Religious Belief in a Christian Context

1st Edition

Andrew Collier
September 09, 2013

"On Christian Belief" offers a defense of realism in the philosophy of religion. It argues that religious belief--with particular reference to Christian belief--unlike any other kind of belief, is cognitive; making claims about what is real, and open to rational discussion between believers and...

Critical Realism and Composition Theory

Critical Realism and Composition Theory

1st Edition

Donald Judd
July 29, 2013

The field of composition theory has emerged as part of the intellectual turmoil and set of pedagogical debates which have beset higher education for the last four decades and is now revolutionizing the theory and praxis of higher education. This volume examines three of the dominant pedagogical...

Beyond Relativism: Raymond Boudon, Cognitive Rationality and Critical Realism

Beyond Relativism: Raymond Boudon, Cognitive Rationality and Critical Realism

1st Edition

Cynthia Lins Hamlin
January 20, 2012

This book argues that critical realism offers the theory of cognitive rationality a real way of overcoming the limitations of methodological individualism by recognising both the agents' - and the social structure's - causal powers and liabilities. Cynthia Lins Hamlin persuasively argues that...

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