Get Against the Spiritual Turn: Marxism, Realism, and Critical PDF

By Sean Creaven

ISBN-10: 0415524040

ISBN-13: 9780415524049

The argument offered during this ebook is that the hot ‘spiritual’ trajectory of Roy Bhaskar’s paintings, upon which he first embarked with the e-book of his From East to West, undermines the basic achievements of his prior paintings. the matter with Bhaskar’s new philosophical procedure (Transcendental Dialectical severe Realism or just Meta-Reality), from the critical-realist Marxist standpoint recommended right here, is that it marks either a departure from and a negation of the sooner matters 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's irrealist, speculative, under-theorized, internally self-contradictory, and which can't offer philosophical suggestions to liberatory social practices. towards theist ontological logics extra mostly (including the far more rational theism provided by means of Margaret Archer, Andrew Collier and Doug Porpora), the argument of this publication 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.

Show description

Read or Download Against the Spiritual Turn: Marxism, Realism, and Critical Theory PDF

Similar eastern books

Read e-book online Westward Dharma: Buddhism beyond Asia PDF

The 1st authoritative quantity at the totality of Buddhism within the West, Westward Dharma establishes a comparative and theoretical standpoint for contemplating the fantastic number of Buddhist traditions, faculties, facilities, and academics that experience constructed outdoors of Asia. best students from North the United States, Europe, South Africa, and Australia discover the plurality and heterogeneity of traditions and practices which are attribute of Buddhism within the West.

Download e-book for iPad: Doctrine and Experience: Essays in American Philosophy by Vincent G. Potter

This selection of 13 essays, whilst considered jointly, deals a special point of view at the background of yankee philosophy. It illuminates for the 1st time in publication shape, how 13 significant American philosophical thinkers considered an issue of unique curiosity within the American philosophical culture: the connection among event and mirrored image.

Read e-book online Buddhist Monk, Buddhist Layman: A Study of Urban Monastic PDF

Such a lot anthropological and sociological experiences of Buddhism have focused on village and rural Buddhism. this can be a systematic anthropological examine of monastic association and monk-layman interplay in a only city context within the international locations the place Theravada Buddhism is practised, particularly, Burma, Cambodia, Ceylon, Laos and Thailand.

Extra resources for Against the Spiritual Turn: Marxism, Realism, and Critical Theory

Sample text

And, if it is, does this have negative consequences on the terrain of human and social practices? The argument of certain CR scholars, whom I have (rather crudely) dubbed the ‘CR spiritualists’, namely Margaret Archer, Andrew Collier and Doug Porpora, is that this is not the case. In their book Transcendence, they argue that theism (properly understood and correctly formulated) is compatible with CR philosophy, is rationally grounded (in human experience), is consistent with scientific knowledge, and is philosophically defensible.

Objective idealism (whether absolute or otherwise) affirms the existence of matter, but must logically render it ontologically dependent on mind. How else can mind be liberated from its materiality? But to admit this much is precisely to beg the question of what kind of mind is responsible for the universe. Dualism as ontology consists of the view that: (1) matter and mind are distinct substances, each in possession of a unique essence or essences, following their own laws; and (2) that any attempt at the explanatory reduction of one to the other must be considered foul play, in the sense of illegitimate and impossible.

P. cm. Includes bibliographical references. 1. Bhaskar, Roy, 1944- 2. Critical realism. 3. Spiritualism. 4. Religion- Philosophy. I. Title. 4-dc22 2008046755 ISBN13: 978-0-415-49031-3 (hbk) ISBN10: 0-415-49031-6 (hbk) ISBN13: 978-0-203-87843-9 (ebk) ISBN10: 0-203-87843-4 (ebk) This is for my son, Alistair, with love Contents Preface Acknowledgements List of abbreviations Author’s note Introduction 1 Bhaskar’s ‘spiritual turn’: logical and conceptual problems 2 Meta-reality, critical realism and Marxism 3 Secularism, agnosticism and theism 4 Critical realism, Transcendence and God 5 Humanism, spiritualism and critical theory Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index Preface Roy Bhaskar’s critical realism has been in the ascendant in the Western academy in recent decades.

Download PDF sample

Against the Spiritual Turn: Marxism, Realism, and Critical Theory by Sean Creaven

by Thomas

Rated 4.46 of 5 – based on 17 votes