File spoon-archives/bhaskar.archive/bhaskar_2003/bhaskar.0304, message 14

Subject: BHA: Re: Research Methods Texts
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2003 08:16:16 +0100

Since analytical statistical packages dominate research one would expect
deductive and inductive methods to dominate - on a purely market driven
basis Peirce's concept of abduction as the inference tot he best argument
may not fit easily into systems that go from samples to populations & c. In
so far as it entails a far more explicit evaluative role it produces a
degree of complexity that would be its own textbook - it's easier just to
set it aside I guess.

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From: "Marshall Feldman" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 10:31 PM
Subject: BHA: Research Methods Texts

> Hi,
> I'm teaching a course on research methods and using two textbooks. One,
> _Social Research Methods_ by Lawrence Neuman is fairly standard although
> less dogmatic than most that I've seen. The other, _Explaining Society_ by
> Danermark, et al. is explicitly based in CR. At one point we covered the
> logic of research. Neuman discusses inductive and deductive reasoning;
> Danermark discuses both of these as well as abductive and retroductive
> reasoning. One of the students asked what I thought was a very good
> question. Why doesn't Neuman cover these other modes of reasoning as well?
> explained that Neuman is updating a text (now in its 5th edition) that
> originally didn't have to deal with CR and there's a certain
> for the textbook that makes incorporating such concepts now very
> In effect, the entire text would have to be reorganized.
> I'm not entirely satisfied with this answer. Why do you think this stuff
> hasn't become more common in methods textbooks? Do you know of any that do
> better job with this?
> Marsh Feldman
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