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Dialectic: The Pulse of Freedom (Classical Texts in Critical Realism (Routledge Critical Realism)) Paperback – August 13, 2008

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'...stunning readings of key chapters in the history of philosophy. This is a unique book full of gems.'Peter Manicas

'In this stunning book, Roy Bhaskar develops his own programme of critical realism into a radically new and original theory of dialectics and a critique of previous theories from the ancient Greeks to twentieth century neo-Marxism. The result is comparable in its scope and ambition to Sartre’s critique of dialectical reasoning. It is hard to think of any other contemporary philosopher with the powers to bring this off.'William Outhwaite

'I deeply admire its vast range, rigour and originality... a massively important work.' - Terry Eagleton

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Roy Bhaskar is the originator of the philosophy of critical realism, and the author of many acclaimed and influential works including A Realist Theory of Science, The Possibility of Naturalism, Scientific Realism and Human Emancipation, Reclaiming Reality and Dialectic: The Pulse of Freedom. He is an editor of the recently published Critical Realism: Essential Readings and is currently chair of the Centre for Critical Realism.
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  • Series: Classical Texts in Critical Realism (Routledge Critical Realism)
  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415454913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415454919
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,320,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hans G. Despain on December 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is arguably Roy Bhaskar's _magnum opus_. It is an urgently important book. It is a difficult book and may be all but impossible without a firm grasp of Bhaskar's previous work: _A Realist Theory of Science_(A Realist Theory of Science (Classical Texts in Critical Realism)), _The Possibility of Naturalism_(The Possibility of Naturalism: A philosophical critique of the contemporary human sciences (Critical Realism: Interventions)), and _Scientific Realism and Human Emancipation_(Scientific Realism and Human Emancipation (Classical Texts in Critical Realism)). The essentials of these three books are well-introduced by Andrew Collier in his _Critical Realism: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Roy Bhaskar_(Critical Realism: An Introduction to Roy Bhaskar's Philosophy). Unfortunately Collier does not discuss Bhaskar's magnum opus. Alan Norrie's book _Dialectic and Difference_ (Dialectic and Difference: Dialectical Critical Realism and the Grounds of Justice (Ontological Explorations)) book does directly engage Bhaskar's magnum opus, but functions different than as an introduction.Read more ›
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