Regulating criticism: Some comments on an argumentative complex

Jonathan Potter, Derek Edwards, Malcolm Ashmore

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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.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)79-88
Number of pages10
JournalHistory of the Human Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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


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