From Science to Emancipation: Alienation and the Actuality of Enlightenment is the second of three books elaborating Roy Bhaskar’s new philosophy of metaReality, which appeared in rapid succession in 2002.
With a new introduction from Mervyn Hartwig, this book contains some of the original transcripts and the questions and answers they provoked, from a variety of lecture and workshop tours Roy Bhaskar presented for Indian audiences before this book was first published. Because of the spontaneous and informal nature of these talks and discussions, this book continues to provide the most immediate and accessible introduction to Roy Bhaskar's philosophy as it charts his intellectual journey.
The talks recorded here have retained an immediate local but also deeply universal interest. From Science to Emancipation provides an indispensible resource for all students of philosophy and the human sciences.
Table of Contents
New introduction by Mervyn Hartwig, 1. From a Philosophy of Science to a Philosophy of Universal Self-realisation, 2. Critical Realism and Marxism, 3. Critical Realism and Discourse Theory: Debate with Ernesto Laclau, 4. Critical Realism and Ethnomethodology: Debate with Rom Harre, 5. Critical Realism and Ethics: Introducing Transcendental Dialectical Critical Realism, 6. Critical Realism, Co-presence and Making a Difference, 7. Part I: Reality Check, Part II: Critical Realism and the Left, 8. Critical Realism, Postmodernism and the Global Crisis, 9. Left versus Right Brain, Creativity and Emancipation, 10. The Philosophy of metaReality: Identity, Spirituality, System, 11. Educating the Educators - Or, Empowering Teachers, 12. The Limits of Thought, 13. Unconditionality in Love.
Roy Bhaskar is the originator of the philosophy of critical realism, and the author of many acclaimed and influential works including A Realist Theory of Science, The Possibility of Naturalism, Scientific Realism and Human Emancipation, Dialectic: The Pulse of Freedom, Plato Etc., From Science to Emancipation and (with Mervyn Hartwig) The Formation of Critical Realism. He is an editor of Critical Realism: Essential Readings, Interdisciplinarity and Climate Change and Ecophilospophy in a World of Crisis, and was the founding chair of the Centre for Critical Realism. He is currently World Scholar at the University of London Institute of Education and Director of the newly founded International Centre for Critical Realism located there.