File spoon-archives/bhaskar.archive/bhaskar_1998/bhaskar.9802, message 45

Subject: BHA: Re: Need Help Fast
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 1998 19:46:29 +0200

Hi Marsh--

>      For instance,
>under what circumstances does statistical hypothesis testing make sense?
>What about surveys, participant observation, etc.? Can CR add something to
>these techniques that improves them? Since most of these techniques have
>strong empiricist pedigree, does CR's critique of empiricism mean we have
>throw them away? Can we salvage anything from them? Can we come up with CR
>criteria with which to evaluate these forms of research?

Since Pierre Bourdieu is considered by many to be a critical realist (in
spirit anyway), it might make sense to look at his critiques and uses of
surveys, statistics, interviews, etc.  He discusses this stuff in
*Distinction* (and maybe elsewhere), where these techniques also play an
important role in substantiating his argument.

Tobin Nellhaus *or*
"Faith requires us to be materialists without flinching": C.S. Peirce

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