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Subject: BHA: Re: A Dictionary of Critical Realism--Area Surveys
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2003 17:30:32 -0400

Mervyn and List Members:

I was very pleased to learn of the planned dictionary of Critical Realism.
(Sorry it has taken me so long to respond to the original post.)  I think
that the planned contents look very exciting and am sorry that I will have
to wait until 2005, to read the book.  I am attempting to understand
(through a halting, but gradually accreting process of reading) the
meaning/implications of dialectical critical realism,--both for analyzing
and comprehending the social world (I am a sociologist), and for designing
and conducting applied social research.  Comments and suggestions for
readings from members of this list have been very helpful,  and as I read
and learn more in "the field", I feel that I am making progress (Thankfully)
.  I must say however, that I have discovered, as a latecomer to this field
of study that I've been impressed by the challenge of finding texts that are
accessible and clear for the non-specialist (Some texts are, of course, far
more accessible and transparent for the novice and non-philosopher, than
others  I am a fan of Andrew Sayers work, for example.)  I also understand
that DCR is a complex and continuingly developing perspective, and I guess I
must also come to grips with the fact that Rome, of even Los Angeles, was
not built in a day.   I must confess however, that I frequently  find myself
wishing there were and book entitled "Critical Realism for Dummies" or "An
Idiot's Guide to Dialectical Critical Realism."  (Although I am singularly
foolish enough to admit this "in public", I  wonder if I am entirely alone
among list members in feeling that I would find a short course in DCR, under
"one roof"  to be a huge help in sorting through the complexities of this
philosophy?)  In any case, while not at all suggesting that the
above-mentioned Dictionary will be so elementary as to fulfil my longing for
the lazy-persons guide to DCR, I remain eager to read the book and look
forward to its publication.  Much to my chagrin, and as Einstein pointed
out, "Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler."

Brad Rose

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mervyn Hartwig" <>
To: "bhaskar" <>
Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2003 6:33 AM
Subject: BHA: A Dictionary of Critical Realism--Area Surveys

> Hi all,
> I'm editing/writing A Dictionary of Critical Realism, to be published by
> Routledge in 2005.
> In addition to conventional dictionary topic entries ('Topics'), the
> longer themed essays for which ('Key Topics') will be farmed out to
> specialists in the respective fields, the dictionary is to include a
> 'handbook' element which I'm referring to as 'Area Surveys'. These will
> give an indication of what has been accomplished in the various fields
> to which CR has been applied, and also just as importantly what might
> perhaps be accomplished, together with recommended reading. Below is a
> preliminary list of the areas for which I'd like to see entries; I've
> included a few (e.g. 'music') where I'm not aware that any CR work has
> been done in case there is someone out there who can see the potential
> and knows how to write about it. The length of such entries will vary
> from a few hundred to 1,500 words, depending largely on the extent of
> work done in a field.
> I'd be very interested to receive off-list any ideas for the amendment,
> extension or contraction of this list, and in particular expressions of
> interest  in authoring any of them. Your deadline would be 31st July
> 2004. In asking for expressions of interest I'm not of course making any
> commitments at this stage about authorship. Authors will have copyright
> over their material.
> 1.      accounting
> 2.      aesthetics, art
> 3.      anthropology
> 4.      archaeology and prehistory
> 5.      the body, sociology of
> 6.      complexity and chaos theory
> 7.      computer science/logic
> 8.      criminology
> 9.      cultural studies
> 10.     development and underdevelopment
> 11.     ecology
> 12.     economic history
> 13.     economics  (incl. evolutionary; institutional etc)
> 14.     education
> 15.     ethics
> 16.     ethnography
> 17.     globalization
> 18.     health, medical sociology
> 19.     history, philosophy of history
> 20.     history of ideas
> 21.     human geography
> 22.     industrial relations
> 23.     international relations
> 24.     labour process, labour market
> 25.     legal studies
> 26.     life sciences
> 27.     linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics
> 28.     literature, literary theory
> 29.     logic
> 30.     management  science
> 31.     marxism, critical realism and
> 32.     method, methodology
> 33.     music
> 34.     philosophy of (natural) science
> 35.     philosophy of social science
> 36.     political economy
> 37.     political theory
> 38.     postmodernism, poststructuralism, posthumanism (CR engagement
> with)
> 39.     psychoanalysis
> 40.     psychology, social psychology
> 41.     evolutionary psychology
> 42.     semiosis
> 43.     social evolution
> 44.     social theory
> 45.     sociology
> 46.     applied sociology
> 47.     sociology of knowledge, incl. science
> 48.     sociology of religion
> 49.     political sociology
> 50.     statistics, social statistics
> 51.     sustainability
> 52.     system theory
> 53.     theology, CR and (liberation, scientific, etc)
> 54.     urban studies
> 55.     women's studies, feminist theory
> In a few cases (e.g. ethics) the names of entries are those also
> scheduled for Key Topics, in which case there will not of course be two
> entries, but one. The provisional list of Key Topics is as follows.
> Entries here will be about 1,500 words, except for the first, which will
> be longer.
> i.      critical realism
> ii.     ontology (referential detachment [intransitivity, reality
> principle] stratification [transfactuality, alethic truth])
> iii.    laws, scientific and causal (generative mechanism, tendency,
> open and closed systems, etc)
> iv.     absence (negativity)/ causality/ change: absence/negation,
> constraint/ contradiction
> v.      space-time (spatio-temporality) (rhythmics + process), tense
> vi.     emergence
> vii.    totality (internal relationality and holistic causality;
> concrete universal/singular)
> viii.   alienation
> ix.     action and agency
> x.      social structure and agency
> xi.     knowledge, theory of (epistemology, epistemological dialectic)
> xii.    truth, theory of
> xiii.   (explanatory) critique (incl. ideology)
> xiv.    emancipatory axiology (praxis) incl. emancipatory critique
> xv.     ethics
> xvi.    dialectic
> xvii.   irrealism (metacritique)
> You comments and/or expressions of interest would be very much
> appreciated.
> Mervyn Hartwig
> P. S. I'm sending this also to the IACR membership. My apologies if you
> receive it twice.
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