1st Edition

The Philosophy of MetaReality Creativity, Love and Freedom

By Roy Bhaskar Copyright 2012
    456 Pages
    by Routledge

    452 Pages
    by Routledge

    First Published in 2012. The Philosophy of MetaReality: creativity, love and freedom is the third of three books elaborating Roy Bhaskar’s philosophy of metaReality, which appeared in rapid succession in 2002. A big, rich book teaming with ideas, The Philosophy of MetaReality is undoubtedly the magnum opus of Bhaskar’s spiritual turn. Building on a radical new analysis of the self, human agency and society, Roy Bhaskar shows how the world of alienation and crisis we currently inhabit is sustained by the ground-state qualities of intelligence, creativity, love, a capacity for right-action and a potential for human self-realisation or fulfilment. A new introduction to this edition by Mervyn Hartwig, founding editor of Journal of Critical Realism and editor of A Dictionary of Critical Realism (Routledge, 2007), describes the context, significance and impact of the philosophy of metaReality, and supplies an expert guide to its content. This book is essential reading for students and practitioners of both philosophy and the human sciences.

    Chapter 1 The Vedanta of Consciousness: Transcendence, Enlightenment and Everyday Life; Chapter 2 The Alienated Self and the Kabbala of Transformation; Pro_ Chapter 3 Don’t Think You Are Who You Think You Are; Chapter 3 The Zen of Creativity and the Critique of the Discursive Intellect; Pro_ Chapter 4 So You Think Non-duality is Unusual?— Or, Are You Paying Attention (Listening, to Me, Reader]?); Chapter 4 The Tao of Love and Unconditionality in Commitment; Chapter 5 The Yoga of Action and Effortless Efficiency; Chapter 6 The Nous of Perception and the Re-enchantment of the Tree of Life; Chapter 7 The Gnosis of Freedom and the Fana of Fulfilment;


    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 and Interdisciplinarity and Climate Change and was the founding chair of the Centre for Critical Realism. He is currently a World Scholar at the University of London Institute of Education.