Critical realism (in social science) illustrated

Following my previous post about knowledge and reality, here is a sketch of a version of reality called as “critical realism” or “transcendental realism” (I personally prefer the latter). This is of course the simplified version for illustration purpose. Anyone interested to know further is highly recommended to get to the source mentioned below.

 Reality is stratified in three levels.

Reality is stratified in three levels.

 Reality exists independent of human conception of it (including all things social).

Reality exists independent of human conception of it (including all things social).

 The properties possessed by social forms are different from those possessed by individuals. The linking points between the two are in  positions  and  practice .

The properties possessed by social forms are different from those possessed by individuals. The linking points between the two are in positions and practice.

And just for something behind the scene, here is the early sketch.

 Early sketch, distilled from ARCHER, M., BHASKAR, R., COLLIER, A., LAWSON, T. & NORRIE, A. (eds.) 1998.   Critical       Real   ism: Essential Readings,  London: Routledge.

Early sketch, distilled from ARCHER, M., BHASKAR, R., COLLIER, A., LAWSON, T. & NORRIE, A. (eds.) 1998. Critical Realism: Essential Readings, London: Routledge.