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.
Quantum Reality: Contemporary Views of the Things-in-Themselves
It would be a major omission if, as part of our philosophical contemplations about what there is, we did not consider the progress made in physics towards understanding objects at the smallest possible level. For if we are to speak of reality in contemporary terms, a twenty-first century perspective must include at least a brief visit to the district of quantum reality. The preceding chapters raised some of the problems with appearances, phenomena, and noumena, and examined the different epistemic strategies available to secure empirical knowledge of the external world. We also distinguished between direct and indirect realism, and in Chapter 1 established the difference between materialism or metaphysical realism –the view that the external world exists ...