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Archer and Harman on modes of reduction

Reading Immaterialism by Graham Harman, I’m struck by the overlap between his account of ‘duomining’ and Margaret Archer’s critique of conflation. As he writes on pg 27-28, “If we reduce an object downward to its pieces, we cannot explain emergence; if we reduce it upwards to its effects, we cannot […]

The Impact of Social Theory

The Sociological Review has just published a thought-provoking review of Doug Porpora’s Reconstructing Sociology: The Critical Realist Approach. It gives a lucid, though brief, overview of the book’s core arguments: seven myths which afflict American sociology and seven philosophical counter-points. But what caught my attention was the account of how theoretical […]

cfp: the dehumanisation of contemporary societies

International Association for Critical Realism (IACR) 19th Annual Conference Wednesday 20 – Friday 22 July 2016 Pre-conference workshop: Monday 18 – Tuesday 19 July 2016 Postgraduate Teaching Centre, Cardiff Business School Colum Drive, Cardiff CF10 3EU De/humanisation The dehumanisation of contemporary societies In many ways, our current epoch witnesses dehumanised […]

CfP: Critical Realism, Gender and Feminism

Call for Papers (http://www.maneyonline.com/pb/assets/raw/PRT/REA_special_issue_gender.pdf) Critical Realism, Gender and Feminism Special Issue of the Journal of Critical Realism (15:5, 2016) Edited by Angela Martínez Dy, Lena Gunnarsson and Michiel van Ingen Email: lena.gunnarsson@oru.se<mailto:lena.gunnarsson@oru.se> An increasing number of gender scholars have become familiar with critical realism, finding it a robust alternative to the […]

The Social Life of Methods

The suggestion that research methods have a double social life seems uncontentious to me. The claims being made are that (1) methods are shaped by the social contexts in which they emerge and (2) methods in turn help shape those contexts. So research methods should not be understood as neutral tools developed in isolation from the […]