Dictionary of Critical Realism

Dictionary of Critical Realism

by Mervyn Hartwig (Editor)


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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 need to be precision-engineered for specific, interrelated functions, so meta-theory requires concepts honed for specific interrelated tasks: it is impossible to think creatively at that level without them.'

This Dictionary seeks to redress this problem; to throw open the important contribution of Critical Realism to a wider audience for the first time, by thoroughly explaining all the key concepts and key developments. It includes 500 entries on these themes, and has contributions from major players in field. However this text does not stop there, it goes further than simply elucidating the concepts and includes a number of essays which use the notions in important areas, thereby demonstrating the appropriate use of the concepts in action to encourage their wider use.

This book will become a requisite reference tool for Critical Realist scholars and Philosophers and Social scientists alike will enjoy this vital introduction and explanatory text of the indispensable ideas contained within the dynamic and vibrant school of Critical Realism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415260992
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/01/2007
Series: Critical Realism: Interventions (Routledge Critical Realism) Series
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Mervyn Hartwig is a foundation member of the International Association for Critical Realism and founding editor of Journal of Critical Realism. He taught history and philosophy of the social sciences for many years in Sydney. He now lives in London.

Table of Contents

List of Tables     xi
List of Figures     xiii
Contributors and Contributions     xiv
Preface     xvi
How to Use This Book     1
Cross References, References and Quotations     1
Citation of Works   Bhaskar     1
Citation of Works$dOther Authors     2
General Abbreviations     2
Symbols     3
Abbreviations Used$dCritical Realist Authors     3
Critical realism     3
The causal-axiological chain (MELD[ARA] schema)     4
Domains     4
The hermeneutical circles     4
Dialectic     4
Epistemological dialectic     5
General     6
Dictionary of Critical Realism     9
Works   Roy Bhaskar     504
Other Works Referred to in the Text     507

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