About the Network

The Critical Realism Network at Yale University fosters opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarly research and programming across a broad scope in the humanities and social sciences. The Critical Realism Network provides comprehensive support for collaborative faculty and student research projects that brings leading scholars together to foster dialogue about the direction of contemporary social theory and research.

The goal of the Critical Realism Network is to create a community of scholars and educators with the aim of fostering dialogue about the direction of contemporary social theory and research. This website serves as the home for learning about critical realism and exchanging insights from our interactions and engagement with faculty, scholars, and students.

Challenging many foundational assumptions of American sociology requires sustained engagement with critical realism, which is why we are committed to organizing events and focusing on program development for faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students. We host a number of working groups, symposiums, regional engagements, and conferences, alongside Philosophy of Social Sciences Summer Seminars for graduate students, post-doctoral participants, and junior faculty. These opportunities provide scholars with the opportunity for sustained engagement and to exchange ideas and insights in collaboration with their colleagues.

The primary aim of this website is to provide an accessible overview of critical realism beginning with the key texts outlined in the Library and the Reading Plan. By providing a repository of resources, our hope is that they will become a conceptual tool kit for learning about critical realism and exploring how it is being applied in sociology, social sciences, and the humanities more broadly.

In addition to our conferences and symposiums, we also host a Critical Realism Webinar Series which hosts webinars with sociologists, philosophers, anthropologists, and political scientists. Click here to view the past webinars with leading critical realists and scholars engaging and analyzing critical theory and research questions.