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Description versus Interpretation: Competing Alternative Strategies for Qualitative Research

Description versus Interpretation: Competing Alternative Strategies for Qualitative Research <jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>In the contemporary scene, psychological researchers seeking alternative (qualitative) research strategies are turning increasingly toward interpretation theory. However, other strategies are also available, and one of these is descriptive science. Descriptive practices as the basis for the clarification of meanings have received less emphasis because of several epistemological assumptions about meaning that have appeared in the literature of interpretive science. Based upon the work of contemporary transcendental philosophers, especially J. N. Mohanty, this article argues that a descriptive scientific perspective can respond to some of the hermeneutic arguments about meaning and that solid findings can be established descriptively. It is argued that both description and interpretation are legitimate but that they are tied to different conditions and interests.</jats:p> </jats:sec> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Phenomenological Psychology Brill

Description versus Interpretation: Competing Alternative Strategies for Qualitative Research

Journal of Phenomenological Psychology , Volume 23 (2): 119 – Jan 1, 1992

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Brill
Copyright
© 1992 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0047-2662
eISSN
1569-1624
DOI
10.1163/156916292X00090
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Abstract

<jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>In the contemporary scene, psychological researchers seeking alternative (qualitative) research strategies are turning increasingly toward interpretation theory. However, other strategies are also available, and one of these is descriptive science. Descriptive practices as the basis for the clarification of meanings have received less emphasis because of several epistemological assumptions about meaning that have appeared in the literature of interpretive science. Based upon the work of contemporary transcendental philosophers, especially J. N. Mohanty, this article argues that a descriptive scientific perspective can respond to some of the hermeneutic arguments about meaning and that solid findings can be established descriptively. It is argued that both description and interpretation are legitimate but that they are tied to different conditions and interests.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

Journal

Journal of Phenomenological PsychologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1992

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