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Bhaskar, Roy 1944-2014

Works: 63 works in 478 publications in 2 languages and 10,115 library holdings
Genres: Interviews  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Dedicatee, Other, Annotator
Classifications: Q175, 149.2
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Most widely held works by Roy Bhaskar
The possibility of naturalism : a philosophical critique of the contemporary human sciences by Roy Bhaskar( Book )

59 editions published between 1979 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since its original publication in 1979, The Possibility of Naturalism has been one of the most influential works in contemporary philosophy of science and social science. It is one of the cornerstones of the critical realist position, which is now widely seen as offering perhaps the only viable alternative to positivism and post positivism. This fourth edition contains a new foreword from Mervyn Hartwig, who is founding editor of the Journal of Critical Realism and editor and principal author of the Dictionary of Critical Realism
A realist theory of science by Roy Bhaskar( Book )

77 editions published between 1974 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 multi-disciplinary and international movement of thought known as 'critical realism'; and its ideas have been influential across the whole spectrum of the sciences, arts and humanities and in a diverse array of social practices and professions. In this book, Roy Bhaskar sets out to revindicate ontology, critiquing the reduction of being in favor of knowledge, which he calls the "epistemic fallacy". Employing a transcendental argument from the nature of experimental activity, he establishes a critique of the dominant positivist and neo-Kantian traditions in the philosophy of science, developing a new ontology in which concepts of structure, difference and change come to the fore. Then, analyzing the nature of scientific discovery and development, he shows how, against both the empiricist and rationalist traditions, science can come to have a posteriori knowledge of natural necessity. The resultant position, which the author characterizes as transcendental realism, has the power to resolve many traditional philosophical problems, such as the problem of induction. At the same time it lays the basis for radically new accounts of social science, ethics and the project of human emancipation
Reclaiming reality : a critical introduction to contemporary philosophy by Roy Bhaskar( Book )

33 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in English and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Reclaiming Reality' provides an 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 for the projects of human emancipation which such sciences may inform
Philosophy and the idea of freedom by Roy Bhaskar( Book )

25 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 describes
Scientific realism and human emancipation by Roy Bhaskar( Book )

28 editions published between 1986 and 2009 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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" starts from an assessment of the impasse of contemporary accounts of science as stemming from an incomplete critique of positivism. It then proceeds to a systematic exposition of scientific realism in the form of transcendental realism, highlighting a conception of science as explanatory of a structured, differentiated and changing world. Turning to the social domain, the book argues for a view of the social order as conditioned by, and emergent from, nature. Advocating a critical naturalism, the author shows how the transformational model of social activity together with the conception of social science as explanatory critique which it entails, resolves the divisions and dualisms besetting orthodox social and normative theory: between society and the individual, structure and agency, meaning and behavior, mind and body, reason and cause, fact and value, and theory and practice. The book then goes on to discuss the emancipatory implications of social science and sketches the nature of the depth investigation characteristically entailed. In the highly innovative third part of the book, Roy Bhaskar completes his critique of positivism by developing a theory of philosophical discourse and ideology, on the basis of the transcendental realism and critical naturalism already developed, showing how positivism functions as a restrictive ideology of and for science and other social practices
Dialectic : the pulse of freedom by Roy Bhaskar( Book )

20 editions published between 1993 and 2016 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dialectic: The Pulse of Freedom is now widely regarded as a classic of contemporary philosophy. Written by the renowned founder of the philosophy of critical realism, first published in 1993, this book 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 critical realism? into the system of dialectical critical realism; and the outline of the elements of a totalizing critique of Western philosophy
Plato etc. : the problems of philosophy and their resolution by Roy Bhaskar( Book )

8 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harré and his critics : essays in honour of Rom Harré with his commentary on them( Book )

10 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From east to west : odyssey of a soul by Roy Bhaskar( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This system of thought is followed by a narrative novella designed to render plausible the ideas of reincarnation, karma and moksha or liberation and to support an ethic of engaged but unattached activity in the world, ultimately oriented to universal self-realisation in the becoming of what From East to West argues we already essentially (but only partially, i.e. not only) are, namely free or enlightened. To realise this, Bhaskar argues, we have to shed both the illusion that we are not essentially free and Godlike, and the constraining determinations (constituting an objective world of illusion, duality and alienation) which that illusion grounds."
Interdisciplinarity and climate change : transforming knowledge and practice for our global future by Roy Bhaskar( Book )

9 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Interdisciplinarity and Climate Change is a major new book addressing one of the most challenging questions of our time. Its unique standpoint is based on the recognition that effective and coherent interdisciplinarity is necessary to deal with the issue of climate change, and the multitude of linked phenomena which both constitute and connect to it." "In the opening chapter, Roy Bhaskar makes use of the extensive resources of critical realism to articulate a comprehensive framework for multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity and cross-disciplinary understanding, one which duly takes account of ontological as well as epistemological considerations. Many of the subsequent chapters seek to show how this general approach can be used to make intellectual sense of the complex phenomena in and around the issue of climate change, including our response to it." "Interdisciplinarity and Climate Change is essential reading for all serious students of the fight against climate change, the interactions between governmental bodies, and critical realism."--Jacket
Reflections on meta-reality : transcendence, emancipation, and everyday life by Roy Bhaskar( Book )

18 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 2002 and based on talks given in India, Europe and America, Roy Bhaskar presents his new philosophy of meta-Reality as a radical extension, systematic development and proleptic completion of critical realism. This brilliant series of studies contains seminal
From science to emancipation : alienation and the actuality of enlightenment by Roy Bhaskar( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on talks given by the author on various occasions in Europe, Asia and America during 1997-2002
Enlightened common sense : the philosophy of critical realism by Roy Bhaskar( Book )

8 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ecophilosophy in a world of crisis : critical realism and the Nordic contributions by Roy Bhaskar( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Simultaneously published in the USA and Canada"--Title page verso
Meta-reality : the philosophy of meta-reality by Roy Bhaskar( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plato etc. : problems of philosophy and their resolution by Roy Bhaskar( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 philosophy of the social and life sciences and of dialectic; ethics, politics and aesthetics; and the history and sociology of philosophy. Among the issues discussed are the problems of induction and universals, the question of relativism
Philosophy and the eclipse of reason : towards a metacritique of the philosophical tradition by Roy Bhaskar( Book )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The philosophy of MetaReality : creativity, love, and freedom by Roy Bhaskar( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Metatheory for the twenty-first century : critical realism and integral theory in dialogue by Roy Bhaskar( Book )

5 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roy Bhaskar : a theory of education by David Scott( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides an account of an original educational philosophy, developed by one of the most significant philosophers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Roy Bhaskar. Though he directed his attention to wider matters than education, his philosophy has implications for the way we can understand how the world is structured and in turn how we can transform it to accommodate a desire for a better arrangement of resources for human well-being. It is thus both a theory of mind and world, and, in addition, a theory of education. Roy Bhaskar's philosophy has a view on the following important matters: intentionality, agential capacity, materialism, the possibility of describing and changing the world, progression, education and the lifecourse, essentialism and human nature, pedagogy, knowledge and knowledge-development, the formation of the self, curricular aims and objectives, being with other people, the self in the learning process, the relationship between the self (or agency) and the environment, stratification, emergence, representation and its different modes, structures and mechanisms, the dialectic, and criticality
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Reclaiming reality : a critical introduction to contemporary philosophy
Alternative Names
Bhaskar, Ram Roy 1944-2014

Roy Bhaskar

Roy Bhaskar britischer Philosoph

Roy Bhaskar Brits auteur (1944-2014)

바스카, 로이 1944-

バスカー, ロイ


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A realist theory of scienceReclaiming reality : a critical introduction to contemporary philosophyPhilosophy and the idea of freedomScientific realism and human emancipationDialectic : the pulse of freedomPlato etc. : the problems of philosophy and their resolutionFrom east to west : odyssey of a soulInterdisciplinarity and climate change : transforming knowledge and practice for our global future