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By Roy Bhaskar, Margaret Archer, Andrew Collier, Tony Lawson, Alan Norrie

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ISBN-13: 9780415196314

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Serious realism is a flow in philosophy and the human sciences so much heavily linked to the paintings of Roy Bhaskar. because the ebook of Bhaskars A Realist idea of Science, serious realism has had a profound impact on a variety of matters. This reader makes obtainable, in a single quantity, key readings to stimulate debate approximately and inside serious realism.
It explores the next themes:
* transcendental realist
* the speculation of explanatory critique
* dialectics
* Bhaskar's severe naturalist philosophy of technology.

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Of the transcendental realist philo­ sophical ontology. These distinctions are presupposed, it will be shown, by the intelligibility of experimental activity. Whenever there is any danger of confusion between an 'ontology' in the sense of the kind of world presup­ posed by a philosophical account of science and in the sense of the particular entities and processes postulated by some substantive scientific theory I shall explicitly distinguish between a philosophical and a scientific ontology. The second point to stress is that propositions in ontology cannot be 22 PHILOSOPHY AND S C I E NTIFIC REALISM established independently of an account of science.

In line with much philosophy of science of the period, the starting point 6 INTRODUCTION for Harre and Madden is a conviction that positivism, specifically the Humean conception of causality and its linear descendent, the 'regularity theory', is not sustainable. Indeed, for Harre and Madden it is essential to explain why the Humean point of view continued over many centuries to attract so many adherents. In providing their explanation Harre and Madden identify two widely held, but questionable, assumptions, which lead inexor­ ably to the Humean position.

On the contrary, they can only be established by reference to such an account, or at least to an account of certain scientific activities. However, it will be contended that this essen­ tial order of analysis, viz. science ----7 being, reverses the real nature of depend­ ency (or, we could say, the real burden of contingency). For it is not the fact that science occurs that gives the world a structure such that it can be known by men. Rather, it is the fact that the world has such a structure that makes science, whether or not it actually occurs, possible.

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