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International Association for Critical Realism


XII Annual Conference
July 23-25 2009

Realism and Human Emancipation: Is Another World Possible?
Universidade Federal Fluminense

UFF Niterói – Rio de Janeiro – Brasil                              
Instituto de Geociências

International Association for Critical Realism (IACR)
XII Annual Conference

Call for Papers

Deadline for submitting abstracts: March 16 2009. Abstracts should be submitted, preferably in Word format, to: and should be no longer than 250 words.


In the same email, please attach the Registration Form shown in Registration. Those whose abstracts have been selected will be notified in the middle of April 2009. After this, the registration fee is due and is to be paid as indicated in Registration. The deadline for the submission of the complete texts is June 12, 2009. Abstracts and papers can be written in English, Portuguese or Spanish.


The conference is interested in receiving contributions from all areas of the humanities and the social and natural sciences. The call for papers is extended to all who engage in investigating themes of critical realism, and those who from different perspectives aim to challenge the persisting embargo on critical ontology and, consequently, to reaffirm the connection between truth and human emancipation.

Conference Theme: Realism and Human Emancipation. Is Another World Possible.

Over the last thirty years or so critical realism has advanced its project of elaborating an ontology that could rival at any level the empiricist ontology implicit in both positivist and idealist traditions. The ontology resulting from this collective effort should be capable of providing science, whether natural or social, with an explicit philosophical foundation.

The philosophy for science proposed by critical realism presupposes that truth makes a difference. Against most fashionable theoretical contemporary doctrines, for which truth is nothing but a ‘fifth wheel’, critical realism concentrates most of its efforts in demonstrating that we can have objective knowledge of reality. And when it comes to social reality critical realism argues emphatically that objective knowledge is a presupposition for human emancipation from oppressive, inequitable, undesirable and unnecessary social structures.

Reclaiming truth as a condition for human emancipation seems to be even more crucial today, especially since the surprisingly abrupt retreat of the ‘wholesale relativism’ prevalent in the 1980s and 90s has left behind a trace of ideas that influences scientific, economic, political, cultural etc. practices. The conference aims to discuss and to contribute to eliminating this unconscious leftover that, founded on empirical realism, either implicitly or explicitly impedes conceiving of another possible world.

The theme of the Conference (Realism and Human Emancipation: Is  Another World Possible?) unfolds in the following topics:

Theoretical Developments of Critical Realism
Historicity and Human Emancipation
Social Theory and Human Emancipation
Ethics and Human Emancipation
Critique of Economics and Human Emancipation
Science, Technology and Human Emancipation
Education and Human Emancipation
International Relations and Human Emancipation
Ecology and Human Emancipation
Art, Culture and Human Emancipation

The official conference Web site can be found at:

Plenary Speakers who have already accepted the invitation to the 

• Ricardo Antunes (UNICAMP, Departament of Sociology)
• Paulo Eduardo Arantes (Universidade do Estado de São Paulo – Faculty of Philosophy)
• Margaret Archer (University of Warwick – Department of Sociology)
• Alvaro Bianchi (Universidade Estadual de Campinas – Departament of Political Science)
• Roy Bhaskar (University of London Institute of Education)
• Andrew Brown (Leeds University Business School)
• Alex Callinicos (King’s College London – European Studies)
• Newton Duarte (Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho – Departament of Psychology of Education)
• Mario Duayer (Universidade Federal Fluminense – Departament of  Economics)
• Virgínia Fontes (Universidade Federal Fluminense – Graduate Studies in History; Fiocruz – EPSJV)
• Tony Lawson (University of Cambridge – Economics Department)
• Karl Maton (University of Sydney – Department of Sociology & Social Policy)
• Alan Norrie (King’s College London – School of Law)
• Marcos Barbosa de Oliveira (USP – Department of Philosophy of Education and Sciences of Education)
• Moishe Postone (University of Chicago – Department of History)
• Nicolas Tertulian (EHESS – School of High Studies in the Social Sciences/Paris)
• Miguel Vedda (Universidad de Buenos Aires – Faculty of Philosophy and Literature)

* Other plenary speakers to be confirmed



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