By Caroline Kuhn and Mark Carrigan Critical Realism (CR) and postdigital research have rarely been considered in relation to each other. These are bodies of work with seemingly different interests and approaches, with the latter starting from recognition of the… Read More »Towards a dialogue between CR and Postdigital Research
Please join The Philosophy of MetaReality: Creativity, Love and Freedom Reading Group and Teach out (online) First Meeting 0900-1100 GMT on 21st Feb and every two weeks after. PLEASE READ MANIFESTO AND INTRODUCTION (pages vii-xxiii) BEFORE FIRST MEETING All are… Read More »Reading group on Roy Bhaskar’s Philosophy of Metareality
A guest post by Robert Isaksen. The full call, including references, is available here on the website of the Journal for Critical Realism. I shall argue that although ontology is important, we also have to pay attention to other features… Read More »Call for Papers, Special Issue: Judgemental Rationality
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.
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.
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.
A guest post by Cristián Navarrete. In this blog, Cristián Navarrete introduces the Spanish translation of Tom Fryer’s short guide to ontology and epistemology: “Una breve guía para la ontología y epistemología (por qué todos debiesen ser realistas críticos)” and… Read More »Investigando lo social: ontología, epistemología y realismo crítico
A guest post by Hubert Buch-Hansen and Peter Nielsen When we decided in 2019 to frame our book Critical Realism: Basics and Beyond around the topic of crisis, we had no idea that a new global health crisis was lurking… Read More »Critical realism in times of crisis
A guest post by Joseph E. Davis Since the 1980s a profound but quiet shift has taken place in how ordinary Americans think about the roots of mental health problems, including what might be called everyday suffering. Large population surveys… Read More »Suffering Selves as Broken Mechanisms