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Investigating the Psychological WorldScientific Method in the Behavioral Sciences$
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Brian D. Haig

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027366

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027366.001.0001

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Method, Methodology, and Realism

Method, Methodology, and Realism

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(p.1) 1 Method, Methodology, and Realism
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Investigating the Psychological World
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Brian D. Haig

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027366.003.0001

Chapter 1 introduces the topic of scientific method by providing some background material to better appreciate the more focused discussion of method in the ensuing chapters. It begins by briefly considering the idea of scientific method and different criticisms that have been leveled against it. Next, four prominent theories of scientific method are outlined and provisionally assessed. The chapter then moves to a consideration of the nature of scientific methodology before providing a selective overview of the key elements of the philosophy of scientific realism. Finally, a brief overview of ATOM is presented in order to provide a conceptual framework for locating and better understanding the various methods and strategies examined in the book.

Keywords:   criticisms of scientific method, theories of scientific method, methodology, scientific realism, abductive theory of method

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