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Epistemology and Metaphysics for Qualitative Research


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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

About the Author

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.


An astonishing contribution! Pernecky's lucid, engaging treatment of this complex subject matter renders centuries of challenging philosophical argumentation accessible and valuable to students and seasoned qualitative researchers alike. This is a work that will explode stereotypes and make you rethink the paradigms you thought you knew.

-- Kellee Caton
A highly relevant book that underlines how epistemology, philosophy and metaphysics work at the heart of research processes. In a post-paradigmatic perspective, it places a salutary emphasis on the diversity of ideas, theories and schools of thought which encourages academic freedom, creativity and interdisciplinary openness.
-- Frederic Darbellay

I have searched for years for the "perfect" book for my PhD-level Philosophy of Science course and I have now found it. Pernecky presents a cogent and clear understanding of the Philosophy of Science, equally accessible to undergraduate and graduate students. Written from a lens of qualitative research, the text provides an objective and dispassionate treatment of competing streams of thought converging to inform qualitative data analysis; in doing so it also gives a clear understanding of positivism, rationalism, and other modes of thought characterizing the methodological debate between qualitative ad quantitative orientations. The book will give students and academics alike an appreciation for competing orientations reflecting the underlying metatheoretical assumptions informing the construction of knowledge, whether qualitative, quantitative, or theoretical.

-- Ross Klein

This is an enormously important work. Qualitative inquiry is burgeoning throughout the social sciences, and with significant challenge to the logical empiricist orientation that has long dominated the sciences. Yet, while a challenge to tradition, there are scant resources for deliberating on differences and direction. Tomas Pernecky's work is a sophisticated, readable, and comprehensive gift of just these resources. It is more: in the helter-skelter demand for producing publishable research, the social sciences have lost capacity for self-understanding. This is a must-read volume for all thoughtful researchers - qualitative and otherwise - who might wish to grasp the broader context and significance of their efforts.

-- Kenneth J. Gergen
I recently purchased Epistemology and Metaphysics for Qualitative Research. I think it's very good, and clearly written. I plan to use it as a text for my postgraduate students next year. It has everything they need all in one place! -- Professor Jane Gilbert

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