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Unformatted text preview: Theoretical Perspectives Meta-Theory, Paradigms, and more Meta-theoretical Commitments • Theory framed at many levels -Micro, meso, macro; midrange; meta, etc. • Meta-theory is “theory about theory” o Concerns the philosophical commitments of theorists • Meta-theoretical commitments define different approaches to theory development and inquiry • Five important considerations of meta-theory : ontology, epistemology, axiology, voluntarism, and stability/change 1. Ontology: Nature of the Social World (Nature of Reality/ Existence) • Realist stance: o The social world is seen as consisting of real entities, independent of an individual’s perception • Nominalist stance: o The social world consist of names and labels we use to structure reality • Social constructionist stance: o We create the social world through an intersubjective process of communicative interaction 2. Epistemology: The Creation and Growth of Knowledge • Objectivist stance: o Casual explanations of the social world are developed through separation of...
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- Spring '07
- Epistemology, theory development, social world