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Journal:   POLITICS QUARTERLY: JOURNAL OF FACULTY OF LAW AND POLITICAL SCIENCE   WINTER 2012 , Volume 41 , Number 4; Page(s) 39 To 58.
 
Paper: 

CRITICAL NATURALISM AND SOCIO-POLITICAL METATHEORY

 
 
Author(s):  TAGHILOU FARAMARZ*
 
* DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, IN TABRIZ UNIVERSITY
 
Abstract: 

Socio-political metatheories based on ontological and epistemological foundations, could be devided to different objectivist and subjectivist fronts.
According to such a devide, different interpretation of individual-society and agent structure could be renderd. In contrast, critical metatheories that seek to transcend the contradiction between objectivity-subjectivity in the individual-society and agent structure relation, render some kinde of critical approach that at the same time conciders the positive and negative capabilities of both fronts in representing the socio-political reality. Critical realism as an total approach to philosophy of science in the first place, introduce the critical naturalism as a metatheorical foundation in respect of socio-political ontology and epistemology to transcend the objectivity sujectivity dichotomy between individual-society and agent-structure. The importance of such transcending especially in the realm of political theory is that it brings with itself a realistic justification of theory-practice rationality that relates to the objectivity-subjectivity and fact-value distinction.

 
Keyword(s): SOCIAL ONTOLOGY, METATHEORY, OBJECTIVITY, SUBJECTIVITY, AGENT, STRUCTURE
 
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