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After postmodernism : an introduction to critical realism

Author: José López; Garry Potter
Publisher: London : Athlone, 2001.
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What comes after "postmodernism"? A buzzword which began as an energising, radical critique became, by the 20th Century's end, a byword for fracture, eclecticism, political apathy and intellectual exhaustion. The last few years have seen growing interest in critical realism as a possible, alternative way of moving forward. The virtues of critical realism lie in its successful provision of a philosophical grounding  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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After postmodernism.
London : Athlone, 2001
(OCoLC)45648380
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: José López; Garry Potter
ISBN: 9781847141064 1847141064
OCLC Number: 229379874
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 339 pages)
Contents: After postmodernism: the millennium / Garry Potter and José López --
How to change reality: story vs. structure--
a debate between / Rom Harré and Roy Bhaskar --
The intersecting paths of critical relations: multiple realities, the inner planet and three dimensional worlds / Philip Hodgkiss --
Reading Foucault as a realist / Frank Pearce and Tony Woodiwiss --
The ethogenics of agency and structure: a metaphysical problem / Charles R. Varela --
Where is social structure? / John Scott --
Metaphors of social complexity / José López --
Sociology and epistemology / Jean Bricmont --
Critical realism and quantum mechanics: some introductory bearings / Christopher Norris --
Why are sociologists naturephobes? / Ted Benton --
Critical realism and political ecology / Tim Forsyth --
Keeping it real: a critique of postmodern theories of cyberspace / Pam Higham --
Is computing really for women? A critical realist approach to gender issues in computing / Sue Clegg --
Truth in fiction, science and criticism / Garry Potter --
Reconsidering literary interpretation / Philip Tew --
Vaporising the real: artificiality, millennial anxiety and the "End of history" / Francis Barker --
Rorty on pragmaticism, liberalism and the self / Justin Cruikshank --
Realism and research, philosophy and poverty politics: the example of smoking / David Ford --
Descartes' individualistic epistemology--a critique / Allison Assiter --
Social movements and science: the question of plural knowledge systems / Jenneth Parker --
Do realists run regressions? / Douglas V. Porpora --
Marx, Hegel and the specificity of the political / Robert Fine --
Critical realism in light of Marx's process of abstraction / Bertell Ollman --
On real and nominal absences / Andrew Collier.
Responsibility: edited by José López, Garry Potter.

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What comes after "postmodernism"? A buzzword which began as an energising, radical critique became, by the 20th Century's end, a byword for fracture, eclecticism, political apathy and intellectual exhaustion. The last few years have seen growing interest in critical realism as a possible, alternative way of moving forward. The virtues of critical realism lie in its successful provision of a philosophical grounding for the social sciences and humanities and of a methodology applicable to many different fields of analysis. After Postmodernism brings together some of the best-known names in the field to present the first truly interdisciplinary introduction to critical realism. The book presents the reader with a compendium of accessible essays illustrating the connections between meta-theory, theory and substantive research across Sociology, Philosophy, Literary Studies, Politics, Media Studies, Psychology and Science Studies. The flexibility of critical realism is illustrated in the range of topics discussed - ranging from quantum mechanics to cyberspace, to literary theory, nature, smoking, the future of Marx, the unconscious and, of course, postmodernism and the future of theory itself.

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