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Research Methods Positivism and its variants
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Why study Positivism? Hughes & Sharrock (1997: 24): positivism was orthodoxy in social science No longer believed? (Williams, 1976) Yet economics still heavily influenced Authors defined in terms of positivism Positivist tools (e.g. survey) still dominate Must try to give it a fair hearing!
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Roots of positivism Renaissance/Enlightenment thought of 16th/17th Centuries Philosophy divided into empiricism/ rationalism: foundation of knowledge experience/reason; Bacon/Descartes Saint-Simon: liberate people from dominant ideas; French Revolution Get past illusions to “social facts” (Durkheim)
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Comte’s positivism Influenced by Hume’s attacks on metaphysics Two bona-fide forms of knowledge: empirical and logical, but empirical emphasised Precision, clarity and certainty View world as machine (reflects Descartes) World comprises deterministic laws, regularities; waiting to be discovered by the scientist
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Positivism: basics Laws: whenever A, then B (plus CP)
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This note was uploaded on 03/23/2011 for the course PSY 502 taught by Professor S during the Spring '11 term at S. Connecticut.

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