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ERIC Number: ED495204
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Pages: 32
Abstractor: Author
On the Concepts of Quantity and Quality in the History of Western Thought
Campbell, Stephen R.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, Apr 12-16, 2004)
This paper charts a cognitive history of the concepts of quantity and quality from three inter-related and inter-dependent perspectives of mathematics, logic, and physics. In so doing, other notions associated with the evolution of these concepts are identified and explicated. It is argued that the concepts of quantity and quality, considered in terms of primary and secondary qualities originating with the ancient Greek Atomists, came into full prominence during the Enlightenment, providing ground for a then emerging and now well-established but as yet poorly understood distinction between quantitative and qualitative research. Placing these key concepts in historical context informs epistemological and ontological issues underlying contemporary debates regarding what constitutes "evidence-based" educational research. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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