In Defence of Pluralism in the Social Sciences
European Political Science, 2010, 9, 111–120
KEATING, Michael, DELLA PORTA, Donatella, In Defence of Pluralism in the Social Sciences, European Political Science, 2010, 9, 111–120 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/16522
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There are five levels in social inquiry: ontology; epistemology; approaches; methodology; and methods, which we see as means of gathering information. There is no determinate relationship such that one school will consistently choose the same options all the way down. We can cross between what are often seen as competing world views at various of these levels. Natural sciences have not arrived at a unified field theory and there is no reason why social sciences have to do so.
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/16522
Full-text via DOI: 10.1057/eps.2010.40
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd
Keyword(s): methodology pluralism epistemology
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