Methodological Thinking

Methodological Thinking Author Donileen R. Loseke
ISBN-10 9781506304724
Release 2016-01-29
Pages 208
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Focused on the underlying logic behind social research, Methodological Thinking: Basic Principles of Social Research Design by Donileen R. Loseke encourages readers to understand research methods as a way of thinking. The book provides a concise overview of the basic principles of social research, including the characteristics of research questions, the importance of literature reviews, variations in data generation techniques, and sampling. The Second Edition includes a revised chapter on research foundations, with focus on the philosophy of science and ethics; an emphasis on critical thinking; additional attention to evaluating research; and a new selection of briefer, multidisciplinary journal articles designed to be accessible to a wide variety of readers.

Methodological Thinking in Psychology

Methodological Thinking in Psychology Author Jaan Valsiner
ISBN-10 9781607524328
Release 2010-07-01
Pages 359
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In recent years an increasing dissatisfaction with methods and thinking in psychology as a science can be observed. The discipline is operating under the tension between the traditional quantitative and the new qualitative methodologies. New approaches emerge in different fields of psychology and education—each of them trying to go beyond limitations of the mainstream. These new approaches, however, tend to be “historically blind” – seemingly novel ideas have actually been common in some period in the history of psychology. Knowledge of historical trends in that context becomes crucial because analysis of historical changes in psychology is informative regarding the potential of “new/old and forgotten” approaches in the study of psyche. Some approaches in psychology disappeared due to inherent limitations of them; the others disappeared due to purely nonscientific reasons. And some new approaches were rejected long ago for welljustified scientific reasons. This book brings together contributions from leading scholars in different fields of psychology – cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, cultural psychology, methodology of psychology. Each of the contributors discusses methodological issues that were more thoroughly understood more than half a century ago than they are now. Overall, the contributions support the idea that in important ways 60 years old psychology was far ahead of the most recent trends in mainstream psychology.

Foundations for New Economic Thinking

Foundations for New Economic Thinking Author S. Dow
ISBN-10 9781137000729
Release 2012-04-11
Pages 263
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New economic thinking is in demand in the light of the recent economic crisis. This book equips the reader with a better understanding of current ways of thinking as well as an awareness of other possibilities, providing the foundations for debate in theory and methodology alongside practical implications for policy.

Thinking in Education

Thinking in Education Author Matthew Lipman
ISBN-10 0521012252
Release 2003-01-20
Pages 304
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A major contribution towards teaching for judgment, not just for knowledge, by a leading theorist.

New Dimensions of Confucian and Neo Confucian Philosophy

New Dimensions of Confucian and Neo Confucian Philosophy Author Chung-ying Cheng
ISBN-10 9780791498897
Pages 619
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This is the first book to thoroughly explore Confucian and Neo-Confucian metaphysics and ethics, building upon the creativity and temporality of human existence and human nature as well as their extension into human culture. Fundamental essays deal cogently with the relationship between Chinese language and Chinese philosophy, offering general categories which shape the matrix of ideas woven in Chinese philosophy from its very beginnings. Along with more general characterizations, there are themes placing Confucian thinkers in touch with modern communication theories, perceptions of individuals, religious themes, and scientific worldviews. Conceptual and comparative essays probe the frontiers of Chinese philosophy in its contemporary Confucian revival.

Encyclopedia of Phenomenology

Encyclopedia of Phenomenology Author
ISBN-10 9789401588812
Release 2013-06-29
Pages 765
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This encyclopedia presents phenomenological thought and the phenomenological movement within philosophy and within more than a score of other disciplines on a level accessible to professional colleagues of other orientations as well as to advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Entries average 3,000 words. In practically all cases, they include lists of works "For Further Study." The Introduction briefly chronicles the changing phenomenological agenda and compares phenomenology with other 20th Century movements. The 166 entries are a baut matters of seven sorts: ( 1) the faur broad tendencies and periods within the phenomenological movement; (2) twenty-three national traditions ofphenomenology; (3) twenty-two philosophical sub-disciplines, including those referred to with the formula "the philosophy of x"; (4) phenomenological tendencies within twenty-one non-philosophical dis ciplines; (5) forty major phenomenological topics; (6) twenty-eight leading phenomenological figures; and (7) twenty-seven non-phenomenological figures and movements ofinteresting sim ilarities and differences with phenomenology. Conventions Concern ing persons, years ofbirth and death are given upon first mention in an entry ofthe names of deceased non-phenomenologists. The names of persons believed tobe phenomenologists and also, for cross-referencing purposes, the titles of other entries are printed entirely in SMALL CAPITAL letters, also upon first mention. In addition, all words thus occurring in all small capital letters are listed in the index with the numbers of all pages on which they occur. To facilitate indexing, Chinese, Hungarian, and Japanese names have been re-arranged so that the personal name precedes the family name.

Parsing the Turing Test

Parsing the Turing Test Author Robert Epstein
ISBN-10 9781402096242
Release 2008-12-01
Pages 517
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An exhaustive work that represents a landmark exploration of both the philosophical and methodological issues surrounding the search for true artificial intelligence. Distinguished psychologists, computer scientists, philosophers, and programmers from around the world debate weighty issues such as whether a self-conscious computer would create an internet ‘world mind’. This hugely important volume explores nothing less than the future of the human race itself.

What s Wrong With Ethnography

What s Wrong With Ethnography Author Martyn Hammersley
ISBN-10 9781136115486
Release 2013-10-11
Pages 240
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This stimulating and refreshing study, written by one of the leading commentators in the field, provides novel answers to these crucial questions. "What's Wrong With Ethnography provides a fresh look at the rationale for and distinctiveness of ethnographic research in sociology, education and related fields, and succeeds in slaying a number of currently fashionable sacred cows. Relativism, critical theory, the uniqueness of the case study and the distinction between qualitative and quantitative research are all examined and found wanting as a basis for informed ethnography. The policy and political implications of ethnography are a particular focus of attention. The author compels the reader to reexamine some basic methodological assumptions in an exciting way", Martin Bulmer, London School of Economics.

The Methodology of Herbert Blumer

The Methodology of Herbert Blumer Author Kenneth Baugh
ISBN-10 0521030358
Release 2006-11-02
Pages 124
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This is a comprehensive account of the contributions of Herbert Blumer to the methodology of social research.

Keynes s Philosophical Development

Keynes s Philosophical Development Author John B. Davis
ISBN-10 0521419026
Release 1994-11-10
Pages 196
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Examines the change and development in Keynes's philosophical thinking from his earliest unpublished Apostles papers through to The General Theory.

Planning Theory

Planning Theory Author Franco Archibugi
ISBN-10 8847006961
Release 2008-01-29
Pages 126
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Planning Theory expresses a sound unease about the direction taken by the current analysis and criticism of planning experiences. To oppose the debate that freezes planning as a permanently declining engagement, this book aims to identify the essential guidelines of a re-launch of planning processes and techniques, configuring a kind of neo-discipline. This builds upon a multi-disciplinary integration - never seen and experimented with until now.

The Specific Density of Scientists

The Specific Density of Scientists Author David Conn
ISBN-10 9781477207727
Release 2012-07-01
Pages 326
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Now, regarding my picture, It is OK with me to put the small picture on the back cover. It is not critical. So if you can work it in, go ahead. I assume the photo will be placed next to my background data. Also, if there is not enough room on the back cover, maybe just put in on the dust jacket flap of the hard cover edition. Praise for THE SPECIFIC DENSITY OF SCIENTISTS: As an expert in understanding and defining the cult mentality, David Conn manages, through logic and his strong faith, to explain the inability, or the refusal, of many scientists to separate the spiritual self from the scientifically driven self (in other words, to bifurcate ). This, he boldly says, is their real path to illumination, to Jesus Christ, the only source of Truth, the creator not only of science, but of the entire universe. Mr. Conn bolsters his case by way of an inarguable and mathematically proven truism. -- Lillian Carucio, author, Humility, A Lost Virtue and the Search for Truth In his latest book, THE SPECIFIC DENSITY OF SCIENTISTS, Mr. Conn deals with the cult mentality that has invaded the realm of science and scientists. He explains four major concepts that the "unbifurcated" wing of science has either refused to consider or has fearfully and illogically swept aside. He exposes the weakness of the "unbifurcated" scientists, their minions, and the growing majority of a general population who, having themselves been infused with unscientific "scientism," see to it that their children, their students, their spouses, and their friends, are also steeped in it. This errant scientism is a mentality that people are unaware of, but that flows in and out of them in torrents – through public institutions, workplaces, artistic expressions, and social networks – until it reaches a remarkable status of being something that "Everybody knows and believes"! Four major concepts in THE SPECIFIC DENSITY OF SCIENTISTS were introduced in Mr. Conn's last book, the Christian science fiction novel, LEDNORF'S DILEMMA . One of these concepts, Grath's Paradox, is a Terminal Corruption Hypothesis. It is tenuous, at best, as analysts attempt to discern whether the United States has or has not reached the point of no return. In this latest book, Mr. Conn says: If the point of no return has not been reached, the only hope for a healthy realignment lies with America's intellectual community and its general citizenry coming to understand that scientists and other intellectuals are wrong to think their brains and education give them special advantages in determining whether or not God exists and participates in the lives of His people. The masses, therefore, should no longer be swayed by scientists who have no special authority in these spiritual matters. It is critical that they pursue the one source of Truth with all their hearts, souls and minds. David Conn was for ten years a lead analyst with Chevron's big environmental laboratory and then joined the Department of Defense as a Quality Control Representative, a liaison among several Naval and Air Force bases and the Defense Department, performing surveillance over chemicals and fuels and the occasional fueling of Air Force One. Aside from LEDNORF'S DILEMMA, David Conn also co-authored THE CULT THAT DIED (G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1980).

Cultural Sociology from Concern to Distance

Cultural Sociology from Concern to Distance Author Lilli Zeuner
ISBN-10 8763001128
Release 2003
Pages 228
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In her book, Zeuner gives the answers involving the question of how sociological understanding of culture has changed over time. Her analyses encompass the most important classical authors of cultural analysis in sociology - Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, and Georg Simmel - and some outstanding contemporary contributors - Margaret Archer, Robert Wuthnow and Pierre Bourdieu.

Marital Discord

Marital Discord Author ʻAbdulḤamīd Abū Sulaymān
ISBN-10 9781565644014
Release 2003
Pages 26
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The Quran speaks of living with each other on a footing of love, kindness, mercy and mutual consultation between husband and wife. It also addresses those times when the atmosphere is strained. This paper examines the issue of marital discord with a deep sensitivity to the perspective of women. Criticizing an approach to the Quran that is misogynistic rather than emancipatory the paper moves the debate forward by introducing an alternative interpretation of the Quranic text dealing with the issue of marital discord. The explanation is fresh, firmly on the side of women’s human rights and recaptures the full Islamic spirit of human dignity.

Economics for Real

Economics for Real Author Aki Lehtinen
ISBN-10 9781136513268
Release 2013-06-17
Pages 272
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This book provides the first comprehensive and critical examination of Mäki’s realist philosophy of economics.

Alcohol and the Chosen Few

Alcohol and the Chosen Few Author James C. Arnold
ISBN-10 158112032X
Release 1998-11-01
Pages 268
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This dissertation is an interpretive case study that examines alcohol use by a specific subculture of undergraduates, a college fraternity. Based on nearly three years of investigation using interviews, observation, and document analysis, this study takes a detailed look at the organization's indoctrination process and the ways that their practices are explained by its most astute observers, specifically high-status insiders. Various elements of the author's biography are integrated into the text and used to enhance understanding of the phenomenon under investigation. The multiple purposes of this research were to offer a thick description of college student drinking practices, to describe and understand the organization's socialization processes, and, ultimately, to present an analysis of the group using contemporary organizational theory. This work focused on the way that a social fraternity communicates to its newest members the ways of the world with respect to alcohol consumption and its concomitant attitudes, beliefs and behaviors-and what this means in terms of the way the organization functions. A theoretical model of organizations as addictive systems is refined in this study and used as a basis for understanding the organizational dynamics. Implications of this study for institutional and extra-institutional agents who must work with college fraternities are also discussed.

Structures of Thinking

Structures of Thinking Author Karl Mannheim
ISBN-10 041513675X
Release 1998-01
Pages 292
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First published in 1982. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.