The Science of Literary Criticism: A Critical Realist Perspective
Critical realism's understanding of science transcends the long standing theoretical opposition between the hermeneutic tradition and positivism with respect to the potential scientificity of social science, through its more thorough critique of the latter. The paper will provide a brief overview of this argument and then show how it is applicable to cultural criticism in general. It then focuses upon literary criticism specifically through a (sympathetic) critique of the work of Pierre Macheray and Terry Eagleton to demonstrate what a science of literary criticism might look like.
Keywords: Science, Critical Realism, Literature
Dr. Garry Potter
associate professor, Department of Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University