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ERIC Number: EJ846798
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1077-8004
Challenging Neorealism: A Response to Hammersley
Smith, John K.; Hodkinson, Phil
Qualitative Inquiry, v15 n1 p30-39 2009
How researchers can go about judging, or adjudicating among, different knowledge claims recently has become a highly contested issue. In this response to Hammersley, we argue that he has not been able to justify his neorealist position that we can/must appeal to an independently existing reality, which can be known as it really is, to sort out our differences. To the contrary, we argue that we must accept relativism, not in the sense of "anything goes," but in the sense that as human beings we are finite. As a result, any criteria we pose for judging knowledge claims always is, as it must be, the product of time and place contingent agreement.
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Language: English
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