Reality and Its Depths
This book on the philosophy of critical realism and meta-Reality and its development is based on conversations between Roy Bhaskar, the originator of the philosophy, and Savita Singh, a distinguished Indian poet and social theorist. The wide range of topics covered include the priority of being over thought, reversing the traditional emphasis in the West; transcendence as an everyday phenomenon; the prefiguration of the good society in the characteristic labour of women; the metacritique of Nietzsche and Derrida, and of Marx and Marxism; recognition and immortality; and the principle of hermeticism: there is no authority but yourself. The book will appeal to anyone wanting to understand Roy Bhaskar's thought, and offers a valuable resource for students and scholars interested in critical realism and its development. Savita Singh is a distinguished feminist poet (writing in both Hindi and English), political theorist and commentator on gender issues. She has received many awards for poetry and her work is translated in several languages including French, German and Spanish. She has worked in the area of Indian modernity, feminist literature and culture and labour. She is the founding director, currently professor, in the School of Gender and Development Studies, Indira Gandhi National Open University. Roy Bhaskar (1944-2014) was 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; Dialectic: The Pulse of Freedom; The Philosophy of MetaReality; Enlightened Common Sense and (with Mervyn Hartwig) The Formation of Critical Realism. Mervyn Hartwig is founding editor (retired) of Journal of Critical Realism and editor and principal author of Dictionary of Critical Realism . He has written introductions to all Roy Bhaskar's single-author books, which were reissued by Routledge 2008-2016, and most recently has edited Bhaskar's 1971 DPhil thesis, Empiricism and the Metatheory of the Social Sciences for publication (2018).
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