(0) items

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.
What's Critical About Critical Realism?: Essays in Reconstructive Social Theory,9780415696012
This item qualifies for

Your order must be $59 or more, you must select US Postal Service Shipping as your shipping preference, and the "Group my items into as few shipments as possible" option when you place your order.

Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace Items, eBooks, Apparel, and DVDs not included.

What's Critical About Critical Realism?: Essays in Reconstructive Social Theory

by ;


Nonspecific Binding
Pub. Date:
List Price: $165.00

Buy New Book

Usually Ships in 3-5 Business Days

Rent Book

We're Sorry
Sold Out

Used Book

We're Sorry
Sold Out


We're Sorry
Not Available

More New and Used
from Private Sellers
Starting at $153.78

Questions About This Book?

What version or edition is this?
This is the 1st edition with a publication date of 9/24/2013.
What is included with this book?
  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any CDs, lab manuals, study guides, etc.


This text draws together 4 major articles that are situated at the intersection of philosophy and sociology. Preceded by a general presentation of Bhaskar´s work, critical realism is used to reconstruct the generative structuralism of Pierre Bourdieu (ch.1), warn about the dangers of biocapitalism (ch.2), theorize about social movements (ch.3) and explore the hermeneutics of internal conversations (ch.4). Together, the essays form a logical sequence that starts with a search for a solid conception of social structure through a realist critique of Bourdieu´s rationalist epistemology, proceeds to an ideology critique of posthumanism through an investigation of Actor-Network Theory, extends critical realism to social movements through an investigation of the constitution of collective subjectivities and engages in a sustained dialogue with Margaret Archer through an attempt to reconnect hermeneutics and pragmatism to critical realism. The result is an ongoing dialogue between British critical realism, French historical epistemology, German critical theory and American pragmatism. At suits a collection of essays in social theory, this book will address a broad audience of sociologists, philosophers, social psychologists and anthropologists who are interested in contemporary social theory at the cutting edge. Academics and advanced students who relate to critical realism and critical theory, epistemology and philosophy of the social sciences, hermeneutics and pragmatism, or anyone else who follows the work of Roy Bhaskar, Pierre Bourdieu, Bruno Latour or Margaret Archer will find a keen interest in some of the theoretical questions the book raises.

Please wait while the item is added to your cart...