By Garry Potter

ISBN-10: 0485004216

ISBN-13: 9780485004212

ISBN-10: 1847141064

ISBN-13: 9781847141064

This article brings jointly the various best-known names within the box to provide an interdisciplinary advent to serious realism. The e-book provides the reader with a compendium of essays illustrating the relationship among metatheory, concept and major study throughout sociology, philosophy, literary reports, politics, media reviews, psychology and technological know-how reviews.

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Money is the all-dominating power in our society today. Capitalism has basically won against 'actually existing' socialism and it's driven by a logic that no discourse and no one controls. It can throw millions of people out of work, it can destroy the planet. The planet will probably be uninhabitable within thirty years unless something is done very quickly about our economic system; and then that will be an end to all discursive acts! This isn't willed or decided by any agent, by any discursive act and yet it constrains all agents and all discursive acts.

Now it seems to me that the way people are very special in the social world is an ethical question; it is not in itself a scientific issue. The question of what people can do in a particular social context must be examined scientifically. If there are constraining structures and if we wish for human freedom then we have to accept their existence. It is no good denying them. Now of course what Rom will say is that social structures can't be reproduced except by human activity. That is a fundamental principle that is common to both my transformational model of social activity and 3O R O M H A R R E Giddens's theory of structuration.

Agency is exercised by powerful particulars. Causality is not Humean concomitance but agentive. The fact that the power is not observable in itself, but only in its effects, is, as Thomas Reid pointed out two hundred and fifty years ago, not an adequate ground for throwing it out as a sound ontological concept. What about the critical side? Well now we come to matters where Roy and I are in fundamental disagreement. I think that Roy thinks that not everything that is acknowledged to be real has causal powers.

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