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A Realist Theory of Science is one of the few books that have changed our understanding of the philosophy of science. In this analysis of the natural sciences, with a particular focus on the experimental process itself, Roy Bhaskar provides a definitive critique of the traditional, positivist conception of science and stakes out an alternative, realist position. Since it o ...more
Paperback, Verso Radical Thinkers, 262 pages
Published January 17th 2008 by Verso (first published 1975)
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This is a tough read for a "civilian." One explanation for the dense academic style is that it was produced as Bhaskar's PhD thesis at Oxford University and it is curious that it was rejected twice, in earlier drafts, possibly because it cheerfully proposed that a lot of important philosophers were wrong and that the author was in a position to point out and correct their mistakes. That is quite a lot to claim. Still, it was published in 1975, and is now described as a classic in its field so it ...more
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When I started getting to the end of this I really wished I had been taking notes. I found myself divided on many parts of the text, agreeing with some portions while finding others unnacceptable, and it would have been nice to have them all delineated neatly. Anyway, some general remarks:

I found the committment to the explanatory goal of science in mechanism identification to be perfectly on the mark. I also found his criticism of Humean laws to be very seductive, although I'm hesistant to say
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The world has three ontological stratifications: the domain of the real, the domain of the actual, and the domain of the empirical.
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Roy Bhaskar (born May 15, 1944) is a British philosopher, best known as the initiator of the philosophical movement of Critical Realism.

Bhaskar was born in Teddington, London, the elder of two brothers. His Indian father and English mother were Theosophists.[1]

In 1963 Bhaskar began attending Balliol College, Oxford on a scholarship to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Having graduated with
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