Review of International Studies

Critical Realism

In Heidegger's shadow: a phenomenological critique of Critical Realism


The field of International Relations (IR) although in many quarters still immersed in the epistemological trenches surrounding the fourth debate between positivism and post-positivism saw the emergence of a renewed interest and debate about the state and rigour of ‘our’ ontological assumptions. One currently very prominent contribution to this emerging or re-emerging interest in ontological questions can be found in the Critical Realist (CR) approach.

Torsten Michel is Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Bristol. His research interests include International Relations theory, International Political Thought, twentieth century Continental Thought as well as the Philosophy of (Social) Science.