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dc.contributor.authorBowden, Bradleyen_US
dc.contributor.editorBradley Bowden and Adela McMurray
dc.description.abstractAt first glance, the matters pertaining to research appear self-evidently simple. On the basis of evidence and testing, we draw conclusions that are amenable to further scrutiny. Complacency disappears, however, the moment we think seriously about the nature of evidence and human reasoning. If we are seeking for generalizable theories that help explain the human condition, how can we do this in ways that give weight to individual being, whereby humans interact with the world in idiosyncratic ways? Do we give primacy, as idealist philosophy would suggest, to individual consciousness? Or, alternatively, are we to be guided by observed experiences and evidence, as the empiricist or positivist tradition would have us do? Should we embrace both inductive logic and deductive logic or should we – as Karl Popper suggested – abjure the former and only rely on the latter? In seeking answers to these problems, this chapter argues in favor of a middle course. We should accept, as idealist philosophy contends, that our understandings are not generated directly through sensory perception and experience but rather through the play of experience on our imagination and reasoning. Conversely, we should reject the extreme skepticism of idealist thought, recognizing that there is an objective world independent of our fancy. We should also reject Popper’s aversion to inductive logic so as to embrace all the conceptual tools at our disposal. For if deductive logic has great utility for testing theories, it is also the case that inductive logic is of particular benefit in generating new theses.en_US
dc.publisherSpringer Nature Switzerland AGen_US
dc.relation.ispartofbooktitleThe Palgrave Handbook of Management Historyen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchBusiness and Management not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.titleIntellectual Enlightenment: The Epistemological Foundations of Business Endeavoren_US
dc.typeBook chapteren_US
dc.type.descriptionB1 - Chaptersen_US
dc.type.codeB - Book Chaptersen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Business School, Dept of Employment Relations and Human Resourcesen_US
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gro.griffith.authorBowden, Bradley

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