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Science and its Critics
Science and its critics

Afew years ago I served as an examiner for a doctoral dissertation. The student had done an excellent job of collecting qualitative data to support a conceptual model. Indeed, the dissertation was both theoretically and methodologically sophisticated. One examiner asked what seemed a relatively unproblematic question: “What is the major knowledge claim your thesis makes?” The student, however, assumed this was more of a philosophical question and launched into a discussion regarding the relativity and plurality of knowledge claims. After hearing the student argue that knowledge was relative and there was no way of deciding which claim might be more adequate, the examiner paused and reflected. The next question was “Are you telling me that there is no ...

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