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416 pages | 25 B/W Illus.
Metatheory for the 21st Century isone of the many exciting results of over four years of in-depth engagement between two communities of scholar-practitioners: critical realism and integral theory. Building on its origins at a symposium in Luxembourg in 2010, this book examines the points of connection and divergence between critical realism and integral theory, arguably two of the most comprehensive and sophisticated contemporary metatheories. The Luxembourg symposium and the four more that followed explored the possibilities for their cross-pollination, culminating in five positions on their potential for integration, and began the process of fashioning a whole new evolutionary trajectory for both integral theory and critical realism. The contributors to this book bring together critical realism and integral theory in order to explore the potential of this collaboration for the advancement of both. Highlighting the ways in which these metatheories can transform scholarship and address the most pressing global issues of the 21st century, this book will be of interest to students, scholars and practitioners in the areas of metatheory, philosophy, social theory, critical realism, integral theory and current affairs more generally.
Foreword Roger Walsh Preface Roy Bhaskar Acknowledgments Introduction: On the Deep Need for Integrative Metatheory in the 21st-Century Nicholas Hedlund, Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, Mervyn Hartwig, Roy Bhaskar 1. Beyond Nature and Humanity: Reflections on the Emergence and Purposes of Metatheories Zachary Stein 2. Healing the Half-World: The Emancipatory Potential of Meta-Level Social Science Mark G. Edwards 3. Developing a Complex Integral Realism for Global Response: Three Meta-Frameworks for Knowledge Integration and Coordinated Action Sean Esbjörn-Hargens 4. Towards a Complex, Integral Realism Paul Marshall 5. Rethinking the Intellectual Resources for Addressing Complex 21st-Century Challenges: Towards a Critical Realist Integral Theory Nicholas Hedlund 6. After Integral Gets Real: On Meta-Critical Chiasma of CR and IT Michael Schwartz 7. Why I’m a Critical Realist Mervyn Hartwig 8. Contributions of Embodied Philosophy to Ontological Questions in Critical Realism and Integral Theory Tom Murray Afterword Markus Molz