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Eriksson on critical realism: a comment


  • Andrew Mearman


This note offers a critique of Ralf Eriksson's treatment of Critical Realism. Eriksson, in the context of an analysis of Keynes, makes several mistaken claims about Critical Realism. Specifically, contrary to Eriksson, Critical Realism does not claim that the world is independent of consciousness, that isolation and closure are equivalent, that abstraction and closure are equivalent, that Lawson employs double standards in the possibility of closed systems, or that realist theories must be simple. Eriksson attacks a vulgar form of realism, but not Critical Realism as it currently stands. We also argue that Eriksson's misinterpretations may be partially due to some ambiguous statements in the Critical Realist literature.

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  • Andrew Mearman, 2006. "Eriksson on critical realism: a comment," Review of Political Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(1), pages 105-112.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:revpoe:v:18:y:2006:i:1:p:105-112
    DOI: 10.1080/09538250500254134

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