This review of Tony Tinker's Autocritique presented at the First International Accounting Seminar, Department of Finance and Accounting, Glasgow Caledonian University1, is not a critique of what Tinker thinks of his own book. He should know best about what he wrote or wanted to write. It also does not assess the validity of his interpretation of the works of Marx or Hegel. What it does is to reflect further on an important issue underlying much of Tinker's presentation - namely, the concern with research methodology. The review welcomes Tinker's desires for change in approaches to accounting case studies but suggests that the underlying problems are more complex than Tinker suggests and demands a broader scale of response than that highlighted in his presentation. © 2001 Academic Press.