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.

German Idealism, Phenomenology, and Hermeneutics

German Idealism, Phenomenology, and Hermeneutics

This chapter builds on the last, pursuing our exploration of the developments on the front of idealism within the German tradition. Because the terms ‘idealism’ and ‘idealist’ have been attached to thinkers of various schools of thought and liberally applied in the literature, we commence with a short re-examination of the differences between idealism and idea-ism. In the preceding chapter, we already introduced Berkeley as the leading representative of the idealist doctrine. In order to complete the list of the key idealists, a few more names must be added. Idealism as a metaphysical thesis about what there is (in the world) starts with the teachings of Plato and his distinction of material vs immaterial objects. Over the centuries, his ...

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