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Interpretivism and Causal Explanations: A Case from Educational Research
Stockholm university.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2282-8071
2015 (English)In: Philosophy of the social sciences, ISSN 0048-3931, E-ISSN 1552-7441, Vol. 45, no 6, p. 543-567Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article criticizes a view about the interpretation of human action, labeled in the text as interpretivism. This view posits a sharp separation between the natural and social sciences, to the effect that the methods of the latter cannot be applied to the former. I criticize this standpoint by reconstructing a case of educational research. As I argue, the case I analyze indicates that the arguments in support of interpretivism are contradicted by what social researchers can actually achieve. I conclude that the interpretivistic claims lack support and that the general separation claim appears as problematic.

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Sage Publications, 2015. Vol. 45, no 6, p. 543-567
Keywords [en]
interpretivism, causal explanation, action explanation, social norms
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Philosophy
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Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-73723DOI: 10.1177/0048393115595961OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-73723DiVA, id: diva2:1202365
Available from: 2018-04-27 Created: 2018-04-27 Last updated: 2018-05-02Bibliographically approved

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