In his most audacious and radical book to date, Roy Bhaskar expands his existing philosophy of dialectical critical realism into a philosophy for universal self-realisation. In the introduction, Bhaskar boldly establishes his central argument: the existence of God provides the fundamental structure of the world and unconditional love is the cement of the universe. This thought-provoking analysis renders plausible ideas of reincarnation, karma and moksha or liberation. Ultimately, Bhaskar contends that by supporting an ethic of engaged but unattached activity in the world, we will find universal self realisation and enlightenment. This book is a radical re-synthesis of many aspects of Western and Eastern thought, and a major new development in critical realism. From East to West is bound to stimulate debate in ontology, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy and the philosophy of religion.
Roy Bhaskar is the originator of the philosophy of critical realism, and the author of many acclaimed and influential works including A Realist Theory of Science, The Possibility of Naturalism, Scientific Realism and Human Emancipation, Reclaiming Reality and Dialectic: The Pulse of Freedom. He is an editor of the recently published Critical Realism: Essential Readings and is currently chair of the Centre for Critical Realism.