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The term research philosophy refers to a system of beliefs and assumptions about the development of knowledge. In layman’s terms, a research philosophy is the choice a researcher makes on how to pursue his research, consciously or subconsciously. Scholars have identified five of the most prominent research philosophies in academia, however, choosing one is a matter of debate. (main source: Saunders, Mark & Lewis, P & Thornhill, A. (2009). Understanding research philosophies and approaches. Research Methods for Business Students. 4. 106-135.)


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Interpretivism started as an epistemological critique of Positivism in social sciences. Interpretivists hold that there is no objective truth. Instead, people experience their own "realities". In that respect, each person's viewpoint is important to the research process, including the researcher's. Interpretivists consider the social interactions among people valuable and often attempt to study them from the inside, rather than being detached as objectivist philosophies such as critical realism and Positivism purport.

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