By Sean Creaven
The argument provided during this e-book is that the hot ‘spiritual’ trajectory of Roy Bhaskar’s paintings, upon which he first embarked with the book of his From East to West, undermines the elemental achievements of his past paintings. the matter with Bhaskar’s new philosophical process (Transcendental Dialectical serious Realism or just Meta-Reality), from the critical-realist Marxist point of view counseled the following, is that it marks either a departure from and a negation of the sooner issues of Bhaskar to improve a realist philosophy of technological know-how and under-labour for an emancipatory materialist socio-historical technology. The end-result is a meta-philosophy that is irrealist, speculative, under-theorized, internally self-contradictory, and which can't offer philosophical counsel to liberatory social practices. towards theist ontological logics extra usually (including the far more rational theism offered by way of Margaret Archer, Andrew Collier and Doug Porpora), the argument of this booklet is that the earth-bound materialist dialectics of the classical Marxist culture, and the naturalistic humanism those dialectics under-labour at the terrain of socio-historical being, supply a way more promising future of serious realist thought and for liberatory politics and ethics.
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This material is contained in Chapter 3 (pp. 147–74, 177–78, 187–207, 209–10) and Chapter 4 (pp. 321–23). My critique of absolute idealism and ‘realist agnosticism’ (Chapter 3) is an extended version of arguments contained in my ‘Materialism, Agnosticism and God’, originally published by the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour (31, 4, 2001, pp. 419–48). My account of materialist dialectics (also Chapter 3) is an abbreviated version of arguments outlined in my previous book Emergentist Marxism: Dialectical Philosophy and Social Theory (Routledge, 2007, Chapter 2, pp.
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Sean Creaven is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of the West of England (UWE). Routledge Studies in Critical Realism Some other books in the series: Maurice Mandelbaum and American Critical Realism Edited by Ian Verstegen Contributions to Social Ontology Edited by Clive Lawson, John Spiro Latsis, Nuno Miguel Ornelin Martins Critical Realism, Post-positivism and the Possibility of Knowledge Ruth Groff Emergentist Marxism Dialectical philosophy and social theory Sean Creaven Engendering the State The international diffusion of women’s human rights Lynn Savery Explaining Global Poverty A critical realist approach Branwen Gruffydd Jones Ontology of Sex Carrie Hull Revitalizing Causality Realism about causality in philosophy and social science Edited by Ruth Groff Against the Spiritual Turn Marxism, realism and critical theory Sean Creaven First published 2010 by Routledge 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4RN Simultaneously published in the USA and Canada by Routledge 270 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016 Routledge is an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business � 2010 Sean Creaven Typeset in Time New Roman by Taylor & Francis Books Printed and bound in Great Britain by the MPG Books Group All rights reserved.
Against the Spiritual Turn: Marxism, Realism, and Critical Theory by Sean Creaven