Emergentist Marxism

Dialectical Philosophy and Social Theory

Author: Sean Creaven

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136013423

Category: Political Science

Page: 358

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In tackling emergentist Marxism in depth, this well-written volume demonstrates that critical realism and materialist dialectics are indispensable to theorizing the functioning of complex social and physical systems. Author Sean Creaven investigates Marx’s dialectics of being and consciousness, forces and relations of production, base and superstructure, class structure and class conflict, and demonstrates how they allow the social analyst to conceptualize geo-history as embodying a tendential evolutionary directionality, rather than as simply random or indeterminate in terms of its outcomes. For those interested in social and political theory, Marxism and communism and contemporary social theory, this outstanding volume is an in important read and a valuable resource.

Marxism and Realism

A Materialistic Application of Realism in the Social Sciences

Author: Sean Creaven

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134562209

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 8946

This book rethinks Marx's sociology as a form of realist social theory, extending Roy Bhaskar's philosophical realism into the social sciences. By constructing historical materialism as realist social theory, it becomes possible to resolve many long standing dilemmas in Marxist discourse, such as voluntarism versus determinism and humanism versus economism.

Critical Realism for Marxist Sociology of Education

Author: Grant Banfield

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131741148X

Category: Social Science

Page: 218

View: 1613

This book offers a critical realist intervention into the field of Marxist Sociology of Education. Critical realism, as developed by British philosopher Roy Bhaskar, is known for its capacity to serve as a conceptual underlabourer to applied fields like education. Indeed, its success in clarifying and resolving thorny issues of educational theory and practice is now well established. Given critical realism’s sympathetic Marxist origins, its productive and critical engagement with Marxism has an even longer history. To date there has been little sustained attention given to the application of critical realism to Marxist educational praxis. The book addresses this gap in existing scholarship. Its conceptual ground clearing of the field of Marxist Sociology of Education centres on two problematics well-known in the social sciences: naturalism and the structure-agency relation. Marxist theory from the days of Marx to the present is shown to also be haunted by these problematics. This has resulted in considerable tension around the meaning and nature of, for example, reform, revolution, class determinism and class struggle. With its emergence in the 1970s as a child of Western Marxism, the field continues to be an expression of these tensions that seriously limit its transformative potential. Addressing these issues and offering conceptual clarification in the interests of revolutionary educational practice, Critical Realism for Marxist Sociology of Education provides a new perspective on education which will be of interest to students, scholars and practitioners alike.

Against the Spiritual Turn

Marxism, Realism, and Critical Theory

Author: Sean Creaven

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134009135

Category: Social Science

Page: 512

View: 1914

The argument presented in this book is that the recent ‘spiritual’ trajectory of Roy Bhaskar’s work, upon which he first embarked with the publication of his From East to West, undermines the fundamental achievements of his earlier work. The problem with Bhaskar’s new philosophical system (Transcendental Dialectical Critical Realism or simply Meta-Reality), from the critical-realist Marxist perspective endorsed here, is that it marks both a departure from and a negation of the earlier concerns of Bhaskar to develop a realist philosophy of science and under-labour for an emancipatory materialist socio-historical science. The end-result is a meta-philosophy which is irrealist, speculative, under-theorized, internally self-contradictory, and which cannot provide philosophical guidance to liberatory social practices. In opposition to theist ontological logics more generally (including the rather more rational theism presented by Margaret Archer, Andrew Collier and Doug Porpora), the argument of this book is that the earth-bound materialist dialectics of the classical Marxist tradition, and the naturalistic humanism these dialectics under-labour on the terrain of socio-historical being, offer a much more promising way forward for critical realist theory and for liberatory politics and ethics.

The personal and the political

social work and political action

Author: Paul Halmos

Publisher: N.A


Category: Political Science

Page: 200

View: 7665

Books in Print 2009-2010

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780835250191

Category: Publishers' catalogs

Page: N.A

View: 8084

Rethinking Marxism

From Kant and Hegel to Marx and Engels

Author: Jolyon Agar

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317834623

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 5649

First published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Einführung in den Marxismus

Author: Ernest Mandel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783899000047

Category: Einführung - Marxismus

Page: 238

View: 7929

Space, Time, and Deity

Author: A. Samuel

Publisher: Рипол Классик

ISBN: 5874435255

Category: History

Page: 22

View: 9798

Space, Time, and Deity. The gifford lectures at glasgow 1916-1918. In two volumes: Volume I

Das Leib-Seele-Problem

ein psychobiologischer Versuch

Author: Mario Bunge

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783169448715

Category: Philosophy

Page: 303

View: 3480

Phänomenologie und Marxismus

Author: Bernhard Waldenfels,Jan M. Broekman,Ante Pažanin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783518078327

Category: Philosophy

Page: 243

View: 1845

Marx, Reason, and the Art of Freedom

Author: Kevin M. Brien

Publisher: N.A


Category: Philosophy

Page: 320

View: 8151

Presenting an analysis of the problem of freedom from a humanistic-Marxist perspective, this work draws on the chronological spectrum of Marx's writings to reconstruct Marx' mature view of freedom under three broad categories. It demonstrates that Marx's thought is principally an elaborated philosophical-scientific theory of freedom.


Justice and Dialectic

Author: James Daly

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781871551280

Category: Dialectic

Page: 144

View: 1121

Was ist Soziologie?

Author: Norbert Elias

Publisher: Beltz Juventa

ISBN: 9783779901020

Category: Sociology

Page: 207

View: 6747

Philosophy of Psychology

Author: Mario Bunge,Ruben Ardila

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461246962

Category: Psychology

Page: 327

View: 6018

This book is about some topical philosophical and methodological prob lems that arise in the study of behavior and mind, as well as in the treatment of behavioral and mental disorders. It deals with such questions as 'What is behavior a manifestation of?', 'What is mind, and how is it related to matter?', 'Which are the positive legacies, if any, of the major psychological schools?', 'How can behavior and mind best be studied?', and 'Which are the most effective ways of modifying behavioral and mental processes?' These questions and their kin cannot be avoided in the long run because they fuel the daily search for better hypotheses, experimental designs, techniques, and treatments. They also occur in the critical examination of data and theories, as well as methods for the treatment of behavioral and mental disorders. All students of human or animal, normal or abnormal behavior and mind, whether their main concern is basic or applied, theoretical or em pirical, admit more or less tacitly to a large number of general philosophi cal and methodological principles.