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Theoretical Reflections

Do Not Consider Yourself Free: CW Mills the Realist?

One does not associate the term “realism” with CW Mills. Conventionally, pragmatism is his home. But, that’s mostly because no one (but the kids) took a peace-oriented realist seriously. Indeed, after reading The Causes of World War III there can be little doubt that Mills was a realist. A quick example, that I’ll deal with in more detail below…

Two Key Takeaways From The Beyond Positivism Conference by a Critical Realist Orphan in Japan

This is a guest blog post written by Joselito Ranara JIMENEZ from Osaka, Japan, who presented at the Beyond Positivism: Theory, Methods, and Values in Social Science Conference in Montreal, Canada in August 2017. This post first appeared on http://www.critrealap.net With… Read More »Two Key Takeaways From The Beyond Positivism Conference by a Critical Realist Orphan in Japan

What is Critical Realism?

In the American Sociological Association Theory Section Newsletter Perspectives, senior consultants and affiliated faculty members working with the Critical Realism Network crafted a response to the question: “What is Critical Realism?” If you are interested in understanding the complex dynamics and currents of… Read More »What is Critical Realism?

Reconstructive Social Theory: Agency, Culture, and Social Change

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Reconstructive Social Theory: Metatheoretical Reconstruction

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Reconstructive Social Theory: Habermas, Bhaskar, and Caillé

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Critical Realism, Historical Sociology, and Causation

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] This is a guest blog post by Jonah Stuart Brundage (Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of California-Berkeley) reflecting upon his recent presentation on the relationship between critical realism… Read More »Critical Realism, Historical Sociology, and Causation