Finding Bhaskar in all the wrong places? Causation, process, and structure in Bhaskar and Deleuze


Authors
Timothy Rutzou
University of London
Abstract
This article examines the reception of Roy Bhaskar amongst some contemporary Deleuzians. It proceeds by rejecting the all too often predilection of opposing realism to ‘postmodernism’ or ‘post-structuralism’ arguing instead for the need to bring one into dialogue with the other. To this end, the paper explores the resonances and points of departure between the work of Gilles Deleuze and Roy Bhaskar. In particular, it examines the language of causation, object-oriented versus process-oriented ontologies, as well as the charge by Deleuzians that Bhaskar is an essentialist. Through this engagement it attempts to develop and rethink explanation and causation in terms of a more chaotic ontology of machines, centered around the concept of structure, process, and production in an open, heterogeneous, and dynamic world. The end result is a more chaotic concept of realism.
Keywords Bhaskar  Deleuze  causation  heterogeneity  process  structure
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/jtsb.12138
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 46,223
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Nietzsche and Philosophy.Gilles Deleuze & Hugh Tomlinson - 1991 - Journal of Nietzsche Studies 1:53-55.
A Realist Theory of Science.Caroline Whitbeck - 1977 - Philosophical Review 86 (1):114.
The Dappled World: A Study of the Boundaries of Science.Nancy Cartwright - 1999 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 66 (1):244-247.
The Savage Mind.Alasdair MacIntyre & Claude Levi-Strauss - 1967 - Philosophical Quarterly 17 (69):372.

View all 17 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Critical Realism and Economic Anthropology.John Harvey, Andrew Smith & David Golightly - 2017 - Journal of Critical Realism 16 (5):431-450.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Exploring the Concept of Causal Power in a Critical Realist Tradition.Tuukka Kaidesoja - 2007 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 37 (1):63–87.
Bhaskar's Critique of the Philosophical Discourse of Modernity.Mervyn Hartwig - 2011 - Journal of Critical Realism 10 (4):485-510.
Bhaskar and Bunge on Social Emergence.Tuukka Kaidesoja - 2009 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 39 (3):300-322.
Structure, Agency and Social Transformation.Caroline New - 1994 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 24 (3):187-205.
Bhaskar on Open and Closed Systems.David Spurrett - 2000 - South African Journal of Philosophy 19 (3):188-209.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2017-04-25

Total views
12 ( #689,882 of 2,285,756 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #416,003 of 2,285,756 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature