Regulating criticism: Some comments on an argumentative complex

  • Potter J
  • Edwards D
  • Ashmore M
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Abstract

This commentary identifies a range of flaws and contradictions in
Parker’s critical realist position and his critique of relativism. In particular
we highlight: (1) a range of basic errors in formulating the nature
of relativism; (2) contradictions in the understanding and use of
rhetoric; (3) problematic recruitment of the oppressed to support his
argument; (4) tensions arising from the distinction between working in
and against psychology. We conclude that critical realism is used to
avoid doing empirical work, on the one hand, and to avoid scholarly
interdisciplinary engagement, on the other.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Critical realism
  • Interdisciplinary engagement
  • Psychology
  • Relativism
  • Rhetoric

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Authors

  • Jonathan Potter

  • Derek Edwards

  • Malcolm Ashmore

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