A celebration of Critical Realism at UCL
Mar 09, 2017 05:30 PM
End: Mar 09, 2017 08:00 PM
Location: Drama Studios, Level 1, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL
All are welcome to this special celebration of Critical Realism (CR) and the works of its originator Professor Roy Bhaskar. Hilary Wainwright, the sociologist, political activist and socialist feminist, and perhaps best known as the editor of Red Pepper magazine, will be chairing the proceedings.
Professor David Voas, Head of the Department of Social Science at UCL Institute of Education, will begin the evening with a welcome to Professor Margaret Archer, who is joining the department as an Honorary Professor.
The event will feature the launch of new books by the late Professor Roy Bhaskar, in conversation with and edited by his colleagues:
- The Order of Natural Necessity, by Roy Bhaskar and edited by Gary Hawke (2017). This book presents the complexity of CR in an accessible and informative way, assuming that the reader has had little exposure.
- Enlightened Common Sense: The Philosophy of Critical Realism, by Roy Bhaskar and edited by Mervyn Hartwig (Routledge, 2016). This book looks back over CR's development in one concise and accessible volume.
There will also be a celebration of two co-prize-winning books:
- The Relational Subject, by Pierpaolo Donati and Margaret Archer (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
- Reconstructing Sociology: The Critical Realist Approach, by Douglas Porpora (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
A bookstall with be available for attendees to purchase any of the books and refreshments will be provided.
Professor Archer was previously a Professor at l'Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. Her research in the field of the philosophy of social science has had particular focus to the ‘problem of structure and agency’ and the interplay between society, culture, structure and its human agents. To this end, she has developed the "morphogenetic approach" within social theory.
This event, hosted by the Social Science Research Unit (SSRU) at the IOE, is free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend but registration is essential:
- An obituary of Roy Bhaskar (The Guardian)
- Social Science Research Unit (SSRU)
- Next SSRU event: Inaugural Lecture: Performative citizenship - democratic and demagogic, 27 March
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