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Philosophies of Qualitative Research

Svend Brinkmann


This book is about the different philosophical paradigms and ideas that influence qualitative research. Its aim is to discuss and evaluate the ways that philosophical positions inform qualitative research as currently practiced. Unlike other contributions to the field, this book takes a historical perspective and shows how the philosophical ideas have evolved and influenced qualitative research in previous times and today. Today, qualitative researchers often report on their philosophical commitments (if they do so at all) in a separate section of their papers, but this book is written from th ... More

Keywords: philosophy, qualitative research, positivism, realism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, pragmatism, structuralism, post-structuralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190247249
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190247249.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Svend Brinkmann, author
Professor of Psychology, Department of Communication and Psychology at the University of Aalborg, in Denmark