Tag Archive for ‘theory’

What is theory?

Another interesting video from iai.tv: Theories, Mysteries and Mistakes We assume our theories about the world are gradually uncovering the way it really is. Yet from quantum mechanics to post-structuralism, the reality the theories describe is contradictory. Should we conclude… Read More ›

An introduction to analytical sociology

One of the most intellectually vibrant movements in contemporary social theory is analytical sociology. This is how the International Network of Analytical Sociologists describe it on their (shiny) website: Analytical sociology is a strategy for understanding the social world. It is concerned with explaining… Read More ›

Social Theory as Optometry

The notion of philosophical under-labouring has been integral to the development of critical realism. It is, as Roy Bhaskar puts it, what critical realist philosophy most characteristically does. The metaphor comes from John Locke but it is deployed in a way that criticises Locke’s philosophical… Read More ›

The Centre for Social Ontology

The Centre for Social Ontology (CSO) was established in 2011 at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. Now based in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick, its main focus is the Morphogenetic Project. The Morphogenetic Project produces an annual volume as part… Read More ›