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The Philosophy of Quantitative MethodsUnderstanding Statistics$
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Brian D. Haig

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190222055

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190222055.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
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The Philosophy of Quantitative Methods
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Brian D. Haig

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190222055.003.0001

Chapter 1 discusses the importance and relevance of the philosophy of science for an in-depth understanding of quantitative research methods. It outlines a philosophy of scientific realism in terms of its methodology and introduces major theories of scientific method. This introductory chapter provides key ideas that should help make sense of the treatment of the five methods dealt with in the book. Three major theories of scientific method are sketched because they figure in some of the ensuing chapters. An overview of the book is provided in terms of chapter summaries. A note for the reader is provided that indicates why a limited number of methods were selected for consideration.

Keywords:   conceptual understanding, relevance of research methodology, description of behavioral research methods, quantitative methods, scientific method, scientific realism

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