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Tony Lawson on Critical Realism: What's Teaching Got to Do with It?

Zohreh Emami and Timothy Riordan

Review of Social Economy, 1998, vol. 56, issue 3, 311-323

Abstract: In this article we explore the implications of Tony Lawson's critical realism for teaching. Rather than offering a critique of Lawson's perspective, we use his ideas as they appear to relate to our experience as educators in our respective disciplines. In this sense we hope to suggest a way of integrating disciplinary scholarship and reflection on teaching. Therefore, we emphasize the aspects of Lawson's work which are most meaningful to us, namely his attempt to develop a combination of epistemological relativism and ontological realism and his emphasis on the relationship between social structure and human agency.

Keywords: Lawson; transcendental realism; critical realism; social structure; human agency; teaching (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1998
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DOI: 10.1080/00346769800000031

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