Sociological Realism presents a clear and updated discussion of the main tenets and issues of social theory, written by some of the top scholars within the critical realist and relational approach. It connects such approaches systematically to other strands of thought that are central in contemporary sociology, like systems theory and rational choice theory.
Divided into three parts, social ontology, sociological theory, and methodology, each part includes a systematic presentation, a comment, and a wider discussion by the editors, thereby taking on the form of a dialogue among experts. This book is a uniquely blended and consistent conversation showing the convergence of European social theory on a critical realist and relational way of thinking.
This volume is extremely important both for teaching purposes and for all those scholars who wish to get a fresh perspective on some deep dynamics of contemporary sociology.
Table of Contents
PART 1: SOCIAL ONTOLOGY
Ch. 1. Andrew Collier, The Social Ontology of Critical Realism
Ch. 2. Maurizio Ferraris, ‘In the understanding of the existing state of affairs
its negation is included’: A comment on Collier
Ch. 3. Riccardo Prandini, Transcendental Realism and Critical Naturalism in
Roy Bhaskar: the return of ontology in scientific
PART 2: SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
Ch. 4. Margaret S. Archer, Morphogenesis: Realism’s Explanatory Framework
Ch. 5. Andrea M. Maccarini, Towards a New European Sociology. The
Morphogenetic Approach between Social
Analysis and Grand Theory
Ch. 6. Pierpaolo Donati, Critical Realism, as viewed by Relational Sociology
PART 3 : METHODOLOGY/EPISTEMOLOGY
Ch. 7. Douglas V. Porpora, Causality: Realist methods in Sociology
Ch. 8. Emmanuele Morandi, The future is behind us. Aristotleian causality
and sociological realism
Andrea M. Maccarini is associate professor at the University of Padova, Italy. His research field includes social theory, the sociology of education and of cultural change in Western societies. He is the author of many books and articles, including, 'Human Reflexivity in Critical Realism: Beyond the Modern Debate' (with Riccardo Prandini), M.S. Archer (ed.), Conversations about Reflexivity, Routledge, London.
Emmanuele Morandi is Assistant professor at the University of Verona, Italy. His research field includes social theory, the sociology of Culture and of cultural change in Western societies. He is the author of many books and articles, including, La società è un "uomo in grande": Per riscoprire la sociologia degli "antichi", Marietti 1820, Milano-Genova 2010, pp. 388.
Riccardo Prandini is associate professor at the University of Bologna, Italy. His research field includes social theory, the sociology of family and of Thord sector, cultural change in Western societies. He is the author of many books and articles, including, 'Re-vealing (vs Un-veiling) Justice. Riflessioni sull’enigma della giustizia trans-immanente', in, Soziologische Jurisprudenz. Festschift fuer Gunther Teubner, De Gruyter, Berlin, 2009, pp. 131- 148.