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Critical Realism

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Critical realism is a neo-Aristotelian, neo-Marxist philosophy of social science, based on the early work of the contemporary British philosopher Roy Bhaskar. Bhaskar has since developed his ideas further, referring to his evolving position as dialectical critical realism, transcendental dialectical critical realism, and, most recently, the philosophy of meta-reality. This entry concerns critical realism only. There are several sociologists whose work is closely associated with critical realism, including Margaret Archer, Andrew Sayer, and Doug Porpora. Although critical ...

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