One big problem with metaphors is that a certain type of reader – of which there seems to be no shortage – is tempted to reify them. Tom and Cristián object to Roy’s metaphor partly on the grounds that it’s redundant. I don’t disagree with them, but I think that the objection is not pointed enough.
About the Prize: The Cheryl Frank Memorial Prize is awarded annually for a book that constitutes, motivates or exemplifies the best and/or most innovative writing in or about the tradition of critical realism, published in the previous year (2021). The… Read More »Winner of The Cheryl Frank Memorial Prize 2022 announced
In a recent post, Tom Fryer and Cristián Navarrete (2022) argued that “domains” talk is
confusing and redundant. In response, Dave Elder-Vass contends that we should absorb the domain of the empirical into the domain of the
actual, but keep the distinction between the real and the actual. I will argue instead that there are
considerable reasons to preserve both the concept of domains and a third ontological domain.
Roy Bhaskar’s three domains of reality – the empirical, the actual and the real – are staples of many expositions of critical realism. In their provocative blog post, Tom Fryer and Cristián Navarrete (2022) argue that we should stop using them because they are redundant and confusing. This post engages constructively with their argument.
By Margaret S. Archer Poland has been an outstanding supporter of Critical Realism ever since I started giving Masterclasses in Warsaw, as many will have noted from their hosting of the online IACR conference of 2020. Our colleagues there are… Read More »Critical Realism in Poland
We have three items of news in this guest post from Catherine Hastings 1. The conference website is now live! The 2022 conference will be held in The Hague, The Netherlands 8-9 August Pre-conference PhD workshop programme 10-12 August Conference… Read More »IACR 2022 annual critical realism conference details
Let’s stop talking about the three domains of reality. Controversial stuff, we know. Hear us out though. We really do think we’d be in a better place if we scrapped the idea.
Guest post by Priscilla Alderson. The 2022 critical realism Zoom course for beginners, based on Roy Bhaskar’s course for doctoral students, was convened by Priscilla Alderson and Rob Faure Walker at University College London. It is now on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeod4lGHw8s18DVo7t-w5KQ.… Read More »Videos from UCL course on critical realism
Nominations are now open for the 2022 Cheryl Frank Memorial Prize. Nominations should be made to the IACR General Secretary, Catherine Hastings, firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 May, 2022. The Cheryl Frank Memorial Prize is awarded annually for a book that constitutes, motivates… Read More »Nominations Open – Cheryl Frank Memorial Prize