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By Alan Norrie

Dialectic and Difference is the 1st systematic exploration of Roy Bhaskar’s dialectical philosophy and its implications for ethics and justice.



That philosophy has 3 goals: a dialecticisation of unique severe realism, a ‘critical realisation’ of dialectic, and a metacritique of western philosophy. within the first, actual absence or negativity hyperlinks based being to dialectical changing into in a dynamic international. the second one attracts on Marx to find the severe impulse in Hegel’s dialectic in a cloth, open and altering totality. The 3rd identifies a valuable challenge in western philosophy from the Greeks on, the failure to imagine actual negativity because the essence of switch (‘ontological monovalence’).



Bhaskar’s ethics attach uncomplicated human ontology with common rules of freedom and team spirit. He marries (‘constellates’) those with a grab of the way rules are traditionally formed. His account of freedom strikes from the infant’s ‘primal scream’ to the eudaimonic society, yet thinks the bounds to freedom below sleek stipulations. The morally genuine in ethics and justice is displaced and reconfigured as kinfolk among ‘the excellent’ and ‘the actual’.



Western philosophy systematically denies the genuine negativity that drives Bhaskar’s dialectic. Metacritique strains this to Parmenides and Plato’s account of non-being as distinction. It permits a critique of the poststructural radicalisation of distinction through Nietzsche and the doctrine of ‘Heraclitan flux’. Mobilised as ‘the different’ of Plato’s types, this continues to be a circulate on Platonic terrain. It too denies actual negativity in established being because the flooring of historic switch and ethical praxis.


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