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.

Conclusions: On Academic Creativity and Philosophical and Methodological Freedom

Conclusions: On Academic Creativity and Philosophical and Methodological Freedom

The preceding chapters examined the core epistemological concerns and outlined a range of conundrums which philosophers have encountered on their quest to obtain knowledge about the world. The aim before us in this concluding chapter is twofold: to accentuate the integral role philosophical concerns play in the research process, and to engage with some of the deeper problems facing qualitative inquiry. We will first cement in the view that qualitative research can stem from a vast array of epistemological stances. To help navigate this heterogeneous landscape, it is proposed that qualitative inquiry can be imagined on a continuum ranging from means to orientation, and that the way in which qualitative research manifests is determined by ...

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