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      A Critique of the Philosophical Underpinnings

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          The progress of the social science disciplines depends on conducting relevant research. However, research methodology adopted and choices made during the course of the research project are underpinned by varying ontological, epistemological and axiological positions that may be known or unknown to the researcher. This paper sought to critically explore the philosophical underpinnings of the social science research. It was suggested that a “multiversal” ontological position, positivist-hermeneutic epistemological position and value-laden axiological position should be adopted for social science research by non-western scholars as alternative to the dominant naïve realist, positivist, and value-free orientation. Against the backdrop of producing context-relevant knowledge, non-western scholars are encouraged to re-examine their philosophical positions in the conduct of social science research.

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          Academicus : International Scientific Journal
          Academicus Journal
          01 July 2014
          : MMXIV
          : 10
          : 242-254
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          585ace18a8bd41928f7093c889e58313
          10.7336/academicus.2014.10.17

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          Social Sciences
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          Economics as a science
          HB71-74

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