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 scholars together to foster 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, followed by our Critical Realism Webinar Series, which hosts webinars with outstanding scholars. 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.