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The Philosophy of Quantitative Methods: Understanding Statistics

Brian D. Haig


This book is concerned with the conceptual foundations of research methods. In particular, it undertakes a philosophical examination of a number of different quantitative research methods that are prominent in, or relevant for, the conduct of research in the behavioral sciences. By doing so, the deep structure of the methods is examined in order to overcome the shallow and uncritical understanding that is typically provided by textbooks and other instructional sources. The methods submitted to critical examination are important and mostly well known. They are exploratory data analysis, statist ... More

Keywords: philosophy of science, scientific realism, methodology, scientific method, behavioral research methods

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190222055
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190222055.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian D. Haig, author
Professor of Psychology, University of Canterbury

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