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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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(p.143) 7 Conclusion
The Philosophy of Quantitative Methods

Brian D. Haig

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   philosophy of quantitative methods, scientific realism resources, importance of methodology, local scientific methods, qualitative versus quantitative methods

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