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Epistemology and Metaphysics for Qualitative Research
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Epistemology and Metaphysics for Qualitative Research

First Edition


September 2016 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This clearly written and provocative text outlines the wide range of epistemological and metaphysical pillars of research.

In a clear, easy to follow style, the reader is guided through an array of concepts that are defined, explained and made simple. With the aid of helpful examples and case studies, the book challenges the prevailing modes of thinking about qualitative inquiry by showcasing an immense variety of philosophical frameworks. Armed with a strong understanding of this philosophical backbone, students will be able to choose and defend a ‘pick and mix’ of research methods that will uniquely complement their research.

  • Empiricism
  • Rationalism
  • Realism
  • Skepticism
  • Idealism
  • Positivism
  • Post-positivism
  • Idea-ism
  • Hermeneutics
  • Phenomenology
  • Social Ontology
  • Quantum Mechanics 

Essential reading for new and experienced researchers, this ‘must’ for any social science bookshelf will help unlock a new level of research creativity.

 
Part I: Qualitative Inquiry and Philosophy
 
Introduction: Situating Metaphysics and Epistemology in Qualitative Research
 
Part II: Key Epistemological and Metaphysical Problems
 
In Search of Truths: Empiricism Versus Rationalism
 
Scepticism, Idea-ism and Idealism
 
German Idealism, Phenomenology, and Hermeneutics
 
Realism, its Varieties and Contenders
 
Part III: Intangible Realities
 
Social Ontology
 
Quantum Reality: Contemporary Views of the Things-in-Themselves
 
Part IV: Philosophy in Qualitative Research
 
Conclusions: On Academic Creativity and Philosophical and Methodological Freedom

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