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 and the field of historical sociology at this year’s International… Read More »Critical Realism, Historical Sociology, and Causation
The problem Judgmental rationality, or the ability to evaluate different positions as being better or worse, is a very easy ideal to call for, but is often undeveloped and under-theorized. ‘Critical realism’ begins with the critique of simplistic accounts of realism… Read More »What are the Criteria of Judgmental Rationality?
As Project Manager, I’ve been immersed in the literature surrounding critical realism from different perspectives and a variety of disciplines. Building off Dr. Margarita Mooney’s blog post on 5 Great Articles Using Critical Realism in Social Science Research, I’ve completed… Read More »How is Critical Realism being applied across multiple disciplines?
Online academic resources are indispensable for scholars today. Repositories like online journals, library databases, and academic search engines have altered how the majority of research is conducted. But with the avalanche of online archives, it can be time consuming and often… Read More »Online Resources to learn about Critical Realism
The Critical Realism Network held its first conference on Causal Powers and Social Science from March 4-5 in New Haven, Connecticut. The conference was co-organized by Professor Philip Gorski (Sociology, Yale University) and Professor Ruth Groff (Political Theory, St. Louis… Read More »Causal Powers & Social Science Conference Highlights
Q & A with Professor Webb Keane in response to questions from his recent webinar. To listen to the live recording of the webinar, click Here. To purchase his book Ethical Life: Its Natural and Social Histories, click Here 1. Are nonhuman animals capable… Read More »The Emergence of Ethical Concepts in Social History with Professor Webb Keane
Book Review of ‘Quantum Mind and Social Science: Unifying Physical and Social Ontology’ by Professor Douglas Porpora
Guest book review by Professor Douglas Porpora Douglas Porpora is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Anthropology at Drexel University. His book, Reconstructing Sociology: The Critical Realist Approach, explores the implications of critical realism for American sociology. He… Read More »Book Review of ‘Quantum Mind and Social Science: Unifying Physical and Social Ontology’ by Professor Douglas Porpora
A guest blog by Luis Flores Luis is a second-year doctoral student in sociology at the University of Michigan. His interests concern U.S. political economy, household finance, and social welfare in the 20th century. His interest in realist and pragmatist approaches to social scientific… Read More »Musings on the Material Elements of a Social Structure
How does emergence help us to think through issues in social theory, sociology, and social science? Since the webinar the other week with Philip Gorski (available here) I have been contemplating a series of interrelated questions: how do we understand… Read More »Thinking about the Re-emergence of Emergence in Social Theory
It is a prevalent habit of philosophers to periodically proclaim the death of realism. Whether it is Ludwig Wittgenstein’s notion of truth as being immanent to particular forms of life, Richard Rorty’s neo-pragmatism which shatters the mirror of nature, or… Read More »Demythologizing Realism