Dialectic: The Pulse of Freedom

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Verso, 1993 - Philosophy - 419 pages
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This book attacks purely analytical modes of thinking. Bhaskar develops a critical realist philosophy, which isolates the definition of being in terms of knowledge as the characteristic flaw of traditional philosophy. He conceives a "transformational" model of society and sees social science as explanatory, and therefore of assistance to political projects of emancipation. Concerned to bridge the gap between philosophy and politics, Dialectic argues that critical realism provides the basis of a completely new and general methodology for the human sciences. This book also contains an account of the history of Western philosophy, from its pre-Socratic origins to its contemporary post-modernist forms.
 

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Contents

Critical Realism Hegelian Dialectic and
1
Four Degrees of Critical Realism
8
Prima Facie Objections to Critical Realism
14
On the Immanent Critique and Limitations of
23
Epistemological Dialectic and the Problems
33
Emergence
49
Hegel and Marx
56
Misunderstandings
72
On the Materialist Diffraction of Dialectic
86
Dialectical Arguments and the Unholy Trinity
102
Dialectical Critical Realism and the Dialectic of Freedom
204
Irrealism and Its Consequences
308
Notes
386
Glossary
392
Name Index
407
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About the author (1993)

Roy Bhaskar is an independent scholar and founder of the critical realist movement in the social sciences. He is the author of several books, including The Possibility of Naturalism, Reclaiming Reality, Dialectic: The Pulse of Freedom and Philosophy and the Idea of Freedom.

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