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    After Critical Realism?: The Relevance of Contemporary Science
    Journal of Critical Realism 9 (1): 59-88. 2010.
    While recent scientific discoveries and theories can be taken to provide additional evidence for some of the central critical realist claims, overall critical realism seems to be in need of reassessment, revisions and further developments. First, I argue that here has been an inclination among critical realists to prefer the language and model of philosophy to falsifiable science, creating a predisposition towards somewhat sectarian practices. These tendencies also account for the relative lack …Read more
  •  48
    Realist Ontology for Futures Studies
    Journal of Critical Realism 5 (1): 1-31. 2006.
    All social phenomena, all social interaction, anything that exists in society, is temporal. Anticipation of futures is a necessary part of all social actions, and particularly so in the world of modern organisations. If social sciences are to be relevant they should also be able to say something about possible and likely futures. My paper articulates an ontology for futures studies and then, on that ontological basis, specifies the methodology of futures studies. Critical realist ontology explai…Read more
  •  21
    How to Tell Better Cosmic Stories: A Rejoinder to Nick Hostettler
    Journal of Critical Realism 9 (1): 104-111. 2010.
    In response to Hostettler, I clarify the intended meanings of ‘After Critical Realism?’ My point is not to abandon critical realism but to develop it further and make it more self-reflexively critical. Bhaskar's journey through different stories about our place in the cosmos is a dialectical learning process from Althusserian scientist existentialism, via an all-encompassing dialectical philosophy as a theory of moral good grounded in every expressively veracious action or remark, to a pluralist…Read more
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    Towards global political parties
    Ethics and Global Politics 4 (2): 81-102. 2011.
    While the transnational public sphere has existed in the Arendtian sense at least since the mid-19th century, a new kind of reflexively political global civil society emerged in the late 20th century. However, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), advocacy groups, and networks have limited agendas and legitimacy and, without the support of at least one state, limited means to realise changes. Since 2001, theWorld Social Forum (WSF) has formed a key attempt in forging links and ties of solidarit…Read more
  •  14
    An Optical Illusion: The Finnish Model for the Information Age
    Theory, Culture and Society 20 (3): 139-145. 2003.
  •  8
    From East to West
    Theory, Culture and Society 19 (3): 89-111. 2002.
  •  8
    Global Democracy
    Theory, Culture and Society 23 (2-3): 519-521. 2006.
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    The Tobin Tax
    Theory, Culture and Society 17 (4): 77-91. 2000.
    Politics in the 1990s was characterized by the state versus globalization dichotomy, but there are also other possible futures. Concrete initiatives such as the Tobin tax seem to promise a new phase in the politics of globalization. The idea of a low rate tax on financial transactions questions both the laissez-faire capitalism justified by mainstream economics and the laissez-faire globalization mystified and reified by an increasing number of philosophers and sociologists. The global financial…Read more
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    On the Possibility of a Global Political Community
    ProtoSociology 33 93-127. 2016.
    Is anything like a global political community – and thereby ideals such as global democracy and justice – achievable? This is a key question not only for political theory but also for contemporary political practices. Many political realists believe that humans are essentially tribal beings, or at least will remain so in the foreseeable future. Post-structuralists main­tain that historical identities are based on contrasts and oppositions, on the play of negative differences, which is necessary …Read more
  •  5
    Capitalism: Competition, Conflict, Crisis
    Journal of Critical Realism 16 (5): 537-543. 2017.
  •  3
    The World Social Forum
    Theory, Culture and Society 21 (6): 145-154. 2004.
  • Brill Online Books and Journals
    Journal of Critical Realism 5 (1): 1-31. 2006.
    All social phenomena, all social interaction, anything that exists in society, is temporal. Anticipation of futures is a necessary part of all social actions, and particularly so in the world of modern organisations. If social sciences are to be relevant they should also be able to say something about possible and likely futures. My paper articulates an ontology for futures studies and then, on that ontological basis, specifies the methodology of futures studies. Critical realist ontology explai…Read more
  • Book Review (review)
    Theory, Culture and Society 25 (5): 152-158. 2008.