After Postmodernism: An Introduction to Critical Realism (Google eBook)

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Jose Lopez, Garry Potter
A&C Black, Mar 1, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 352 pages
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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 a 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 connection 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 fo Marx, the unconscious and, of course, postmodernsim and the future of theory itself.

Contributors: Allison Assiter, Ted Benton, Francis Barker, Roy Bhaskar, Jean Bricmont, Sue Clegg, Andrew Collier, Justin Cruickshank, Robert Fine, David Ford, Tim Forsyth, Rom Harre, Pam Higham, Philip Hodgkiss, Jose Lopez, Christopher Norris, Bertell Ollman, Jenneth Parker, Frank Pearce, Douglas V. Porpora, Garry Potter, John Scott, Philip Tew, Charles R Varela, Anthony Woodiwiss
  

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Contents

The Millennium
3
VARIETIES OF REALISM
17
LOOKING FOR AND LOOKING AT SOCIAL STRUCTURE
73
PHYSICISTS AND PHILOSOPHERS
95
THEORY NATURE AND SOCIETY
129
COMPUTING POWER DEGENDERED BODIES AND GENDERED MINDS?
155
CULTURE AND CRITICISM
179
PRAGMATICISM AND POLITICS PHILOSOPHY AND PUBLIC POLICY
213
WAYS OF KNOWING
235
DIALECTICS
267
Guide to Further Readings
311
Bibliography
314
Contributors
325
Index
329
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About the author (2005)

José López is Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham.

Garry Potter is Assistant Professor in Sociology and Anthropology at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.

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