Chapter 7 takes stock of previous chapters by highlighting some of the most important general ideas that shape the character of the book. It is suggested that some of the major lessons learned from the debates on tests of statistical significance hold for research methods more generally and that they complement what is said in this concluding chapter. Eight points made in this book are discussed. They relate to the philosophy of quantitative methods; scientific realism resources; methodology; lack of a “best” scientific method; distinctions between data, phenomena, and theory; quantitative versus qualitative methods; and future study in the philosophy of quantitative methods.
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