This clearly written and provocative text outlines the wide range of epistemological and metaphysical pillars of research.
In a clear, easy to follow style, the reader is guided through an array of concepts that are defined, explained and made simple. With the aid of helpful examples and case studies, the book challenges the prevailing modes of thinking about qualitative inquiry by showcasing an immense variety of philosophical frameworks. Armed with a strong understanding of this philosophical backbone, students will be able to choose and defend a `pick and mix' of research methods that will uniquely complement their research.
Essential reading for new and experienced researchers, this `must' for any social science bookshelf will help unlock a new level of research creativity.
Tomas Pernecky is with the Faculty of Culture and Society at the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. He is an advocate of postdisciplinary approaches to knowledge and post-paradigmatic modes of thinking - articulated recently in Epistemology and Methaphysics for Qualitative Research. His scholarly contribution and wide-ranging interests extend to the fields of tourism and events studies which he employs as contexts for examining a variety of philosophical, conceptual, theoretical, and methodological issues.
Part I: Qualitative Inquiry and Philosophy Introduction: Situating Metaphysics and Epistemology in Qualitative Research Part II: Key Epistemological and Metaphysical Problems In Search of Truths: Empiricism Versus Rationalism Scepticism, Idea-ism and Idealism German Idealism, Phenomenology, and Hermeneutics Realism, its Varieties and Contenders Part III: Intangible Realities Social Ontology Quantum Reality: Contemporary Views of the Things-in-Themselves Part IV: Philosophy in Qualitative Research Conclusions: On Academic Creativity and Philosophical and Methodological Freedom