Routledge Studies in Critical Realism

Critical Realism is a broad movement within philosophy and social science. It is a movement that began in British philosophy and sociology following the founding work of Roy Bhaskar, Margaret Archer and others. Critical Realism emerged from the desire to realise an adequate realist philosophy of science, social science, and of critique. Against empiricism, positivism and various idealisms (interpretivism, radical social constructionism), Critical Realism argues for the necessity of ontology. The pursuit of ontology is the attempt to understand and say something about ‘the things themselves’ and not simply about our beliefs, experiences, or our current knowledge and understanding of those things. Critical Realism also argues against the implicit ontology of the empiricists and idealists of events and regularities, reducing reality to thought, language, belief, custom, or experience. Instead Critical Realism advocates a structural realist and causal powers approach to natural and social ontology, with a focus upon social relations and process of social transformation.

Important movements within Critical Realism include the morphogenetic approach developed by Margaret Archer; Critical Realist economics developed by Tony Lawson; as well as dialectical Critical Realism (embracing being, becoming and absence) and the philosophy of metaReality (emphasising priority of the non-dual) developed by Roy Bhaskar.

For over thirty years, Routledge has been closely associated with Critical Realism and, in particular, the work of Roy Bhaskar, publishing well over fifty works in, or informed by, Critical Realism (in series including Critical Realism: Interventions; Ontological Explorations; New Studies in Critical Realism and Education). These have all now been brought together under one series dedicated to Critical Realism.

The Centre for Critical Realism is the advisory editorial board for the series. If you would like to know more about the Centre for Critical Realism, or to submit a book proposal, please visit www.centreforcriticalrealism.com.

  • Religious Education from a Critical Realist Perspective: Sensus Fidei and Critical Thinking book cover

    Religious Education from a Critical Realist Perspective

    Sensus Fidei and Critical Thinking

    By Johnny C. Go

    This book examines the possibility and necessity of critical thinking in religious education through the lenses of critical realism and the Christian doctrine of sensus fidei (‘sense of faith’). Drawing on Bhaskar’s original critical realism and data from a survey of over a thousand teachers in the…

    Hardback – 2019-01-28 
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  • The Subject of Human Being book cover

    The Subject of Human Being

    By Chris Haley

    The Subject of Human Being presents a sweeping account of the nature of human existence. As a work of philosophical anthropology, the analysis ranges from the basic powers emerging from the mind, to our extraordinary psychological capacities, to the shared sociocultural worlds we inhabit. The book…

    Hardback – 2018-10-26 
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  • Ethical Consumption: Practices and Identities: A Realist Approach book cover

    Ethical Consumption: Practices and Identities

    A Realist Approach

    By Yana Manyukhina

    This book engages with the topic of ethical consumption and applies a critical-realist approach to explore the process of becoming and being an ethical consumer. By integrating Margaret Archer’s theory of identity formation and Christian Coff’s work on food ethics, it develops a theoretical account…

    Hardback – 2018-05-23
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  • Empiricism and the Metatheory of the Social Sciences book cover

    Empiricism and the Metatheory of the Social Sciences

    By Roy Bhaskar

    A picture has indeed held modern Western philosophy captive, that of the universe as a vast machine whose iron laws are best understood as exceptionless empirical regularities which, as it were, determine the future before it happens. This fantastic conception commands the assent, not just of…

    Hardback – 2018-03-26
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  • Sociology, Health and the Fractured Society: A Critical Realist Account book cover

    Sociology, Health and the Fractured Society

    A Critical Realist Account

    By Graham Scambler

    It is now accepted that many of the determinants of health and health care are social. This volume offers a philosophical and theoretical frame within which the nature and extent of this might be optimally examined. The analysis is rooted in Roy Bhaskar’s basic and dialectical critical realism,…

    Hardback – 2018-02-27
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  • Interdisciplinarity and Wellbeing: A Critical Realist General Theory of Interdisciplinarity book cover

    Interdisciplinarity and Wellbeing

    A Critical Realist General Theory of Interdisciplinarity

    By Roy Bhaskar, Berth Danermark, Leigh Price

    In this book, the authors provide a much-needed general theory of interdisciplinarity and relate it to health/wellbeing research and professional practice. In so doing they make it possible for practitioners of the different disciplines to communicate without contradiction or compromise, resolving…

    Paperback – 2017-06-21
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  • On Christian Belief: A Defence of a Cognitive Conception of Religious Belief in a Christian Context book cover

    On Christian Belief

    A Defence of a Cognitive Conception of Religious Belief in a Christian Context

    By Andrew Collier

    "On Christian Belief" offers a defense of realism in the philosophy of religion. It argues that religious belief--with particular reference to Christian belief--unlike any other kind of belief, is cognitive; making claims about what is real, and open to rational discussion between believers and…

    Paperback – 2013-09-09
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  • Critical Realism and Composition Theory book cover

    Critical Realism and Composition Theory

    By Donald Judd

    The field of composition theory has emerged as part of the intellectual turmoil and set of pedagogical debates which have beset higher education for the last four decades and is now revolutionizing the theory and praxis of higher education. This volume examines three of the dominant pedagogical…

    Paperback – 2013-07-29
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  • Beyond Relativism: Raymond Boudon, Cognitive Rationality and Critical Realism book cover

    Beyond Relativism

    Raymond Boudon, Cognitive Rationality and Critical Realism

    By Cynthia Lins Hamlin

    This book argues that critical realism offers the theory of cognitive rationality a real way of overcoming the limitations of methodological individualism by recognising both the agents' - and the social structure's - causal powers and liabilities. Cynthia Lins Hamlin persuasively argues that…

    Paperback – 2012-01-20
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  • Against the Spiritual Turn: Marxism, Realism, and Critical Theory book cover

    Against the Spiritual Turn

    Marxism, Realism, and Critical Theory

    By Sean Creaven

    The argument presented in this book is that the recent ‘spiritual’ trajectory of Roy Bhaskar’s work, upon which he first embarked with the publication of his From East to West, undermines the fundamental achievements of his earlier work. The problem with Bhaskar’s new philosophical system (…

    Paperback – 2011-01-20
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  • Explaining Global Poverty: A Critical Realist Approach book cover

    Explaining Global Poverty

    A Critical Realist Approach

    By Branwen Gruffydd Jones

    The twenty-first century is characterized by extremes of poverty and wealth, of scarcity and abundance. The vast inequalties of wealth distribution between the developed west and the impoverished developing world is a complex problem. This book recognises that Africa in particular has manifested&…

    Paperback – 2009-12-07
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  • Revitalizing Causality: Realism about Causality in Philosophy and Social Science book cover

    Revitalizing Causality

    Realism about Causality in Philosophy and Social Science

    Edited by Ruth Groff

    This cutting edge collection of new and previously published articles by philosophers and social scientists addresses just what it means to invoke causal mechanisms, or powers, in the context of offering a causal explanation. A unique collection, it offers the reader various disciplinary and…

    Paperback – 2009-11-16
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  • A Philosophical History of German Sociology book cover

    A Philosophical History of German Sociology

    By Frédéric Vandenberghe

    A Philosophical History of German Sociology presents a systematic reconstruction of critical theory, from the founding fathers of sociology (Marx, Simmel, Weber) via Lukács to the Frankfurt School (Horkheimer, Adorno, Habermas). Through an in depth analysis of the theories of alienation,…

    Paperback – 2009-11-11
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  • Engendering the State: The International Diffusion of Women's Human Rights book cover

    Engendering the State

    The International Diffusion of Women's Human Rights

    By Lynn Savery

    Why have states in general been slower to incorporate the international diffusion of women’s human rights norms domestically than other human rights norms and why has the diffusion of these norms varied so greatly between states? Why are some states more responsive and exert more effort than…

    Paperback – 2009-11-11
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  • Emergentist Marxism: Dialectical Philosophy and Social Theory book cover

    Emergentist Marxism

    Dialectical Philosophy and Social Theory

    By Sean Creaven

    In tackling emergentist Marxism in depth, this well-written volume demonstrates that critical realism and materialist dialectics are indispensable to theorizing the functioning of complex social and physical systems. Author Sean Creaven investigates Marx’s dialectics of being and consciousness,…

    Paperback – 2009-01-30
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  • Ontology of Sex book cover

    Ontology of Sex

    By Carrie Hull

    Poststructuralism, particularly through the writings of Michel Foucault and Judith Butler, has achieved remarkable success in challenging our belief in natural sex categories and instincts. Here, Carrie Hull endorses the progressive ideals of poststructuralism while demonstrating the superiority of…

    Paperback – 2007-12-24
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  • Critical Realism, Post-positivism and the Possibility of Knowledge book cover

    Critical Realism, Post-positivism and the Possibility of Knowledge

    By Ruth Groff

    Groff defends 'realism about causality' through close discussions of Kant, Hilary Putnam, Brian Ellis and Charles Taylor, among others. In so doing she affirms critical realism, but with several important qualifications. In particular, she rejects the theory of truth advanced by Roy Bhaskar. She…

    Paperback – 2007-12-04
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  • Contributions to Social Ontology book cover

    Contributions to Social Ontology

    Edited by Clive Lawson, John Spiro Latsis, Nuno Martins

    Recent years have seen a dramatic re-emergence of interest in ontology. From philosophy and social sciences to artificial intelligence and computer science, ontology is gaining interdisciplinary influence as a  popular tool for applied research. Contributions to Social Ontology focuses…

    Hardback – 2006-12-07
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  • Defending Objectivity: Essays in Honour of Andrew Collier book cover

    Defending Objectivity

    Essays in Honour of Andrew Collier

    Edited by Margaret Archer, William Outhwaite

    Andrew Collier is the boldest defender of objectivity - in science, knowledge, thought, action, politics, morality and religion. In this tribute and acknowledgement of the influence his work has had on a wide readership, his colleagues show that they have been stimulated by his thinking and offer…

    Hardback – 2004-01-22
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  • Realism Discourse and Deconstruction book cover

    Realism Discourse and Deconstruction

    Edited by Jonathan Joseph, John Michael Roberts

    Theories of discourse bring to realism new ideas about how knowledge develops and how representations of reality are influenced. We gain an understanding of the conceptual aspect of social life and the processes by which meaning is produced. This collection reflects the growing interest realist…

    Hardback – 2003-09-11
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  • Philosophy of Language and the Challenge to Scientific Realism book cover

    Philosophy of Language and the Challenge to Scientific Realism

    By Christopher Norris

    In this book Christopher Norris develops the case for scientific realism by tackling various adversary arguments from a range of anti-realist positions. Through a close critical reading he shows how they fail to make adequate sense on any rational, consistent, and scientifically-informed survey of…

    Paperback – 2003-09-11
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  • In Defence of Objectivity book cover

    In Defence of Objectivity

    By Andrew Collier

    First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.…

    Hardback – 2003-06-12
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  • Critical Realism: The Difference it Makes book cover

    Critical Realism

    The Difference it Makes

    Edited by Justin Cruickshank

    Critical realism is a movement in philosophy and the human sciences most closely associated with the work of Roy Bhaskar. Since the publication of Bhaskars A Realist Theory of Science, critical realism has had a profound influence on a wide range of subjects. This reader makes accessible, in one…

    Hardback – 2003-03-20
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  • Realism and Sociology: Anti-Foundationalism, Ontology and Social Research book cover

    Realism and Sociology

    Anti-Foundationalism, Ontology and Social Research

    By Justin Cruickshank

    In recent years, methodological debates in the social sciences have increasingly focused on issues relating to epistemology. Realism and Sociology makes an original contribution to the debate, charting a middle ground between postmodernism and positivism.Critics often hold that realism tries to…

    Hardback – 2002-09-12
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  • Hegemony: A Realist Analysis book cover

    Hegemony

    A Realist Analysis

    By Jonathan Joseph

    Hegemony: A Realist Analysis is a new and original approach to this important concept. It presents a theoretical history of the use of hegemony in a range of work starting with a discussion of Gramsci and Russian Marxism and going on to look at more recent applications. It examines the current…

    Hardback – 2002-05-23
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  • Education Policy and Realist Social Theory: Primary Teachers, Child-Centred Philosophy and the New Managerialism book cover

    Education Policy and Realist Social Theory

    Primary Teachers, Child-Centred Philosophy and the New Managerialism

    By Robert Archer

    In Europe welfare state provision has been subjected to 'market forces'. Over the last two decades, the framework of economic competitiveness has become the defining aim of education, to be achieved by new managerialist techniques and mechanisms. This book thoughtfully and persuasively argues…

    Paperback – 2002-03-07
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  • Marxism and Realism: A Materialistic Application of Realism in the Social Sciences book cover

    Marxism and Realism

    A Materialistic Application of Realism in the Social Sciences

    By Sean Creaven

    This book rethinks Marx's sociology as a form of realist social theory, extending Roy Bhaskar's philosophical realism into the social sciences. By constructing historical materialism as realist social theory, it becomes possible to resolve many long standing dilemmas in Marxist discourse, such as…

    Hardback – 2000-11-30
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