Andy’s new paper on philosophy and space
Andy has a new publication today ““…the point is to change it”: Critical realism and human geography.” Dialogues in Human Geography 3(1): 26-29.
Andy is an expert on the application of the philosophy of critical realism to social science, in particular economic geography. He has written a number of key papers, and several encyclopaedia entries on the topic.
This paper picks up themes discussed in Cox’s (2013) ‘Notes on a brief encounter: critical realism, historical materialism and human geography’. I argue that perhaps the encounter was more complex than Cox allows. At core Cox underplays, or marginalises, the discussion of causality and dismisses the significance of ontology stressing instead epistemology. The paper makes a case for another reading of the debate, one that has continuing significance.