GENERAL INTRODUCTION

Critical realism is a movement in philosophy and the human sciences and cognate practices most closely associated with – in the sense of identified with or emanating from – though by no means restricted to – the work of Roy Bhaskar. This movement is now fully international and multi-disciplinary and arguably in the quarter century since the initial publication of A Realist Theory of Science (1975) has transformed the intellectual scene. At least, at the turn of the millennium it presents an intellectual challenge to other philosophies that they can scarcely refuse. This reader is designed to make accessible, in one volume, to layperson and academic, student and teacher alike, key readings to stimulate debate about and within ...

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