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Quite simply you wouldn't be doing a research project at all if it were not for Empiricism, read on …


Despite the negative connotations that are associated with Empiricism in the social sciences today (Hammersley, 2004) both the term ‘empirical’ and an appeal to ‘experience’ are commonplace in tourism studies. A dependence upon the idea of scientific progress through the collection of empirical evidence remains central to the vast majority of published tourism research output (see Deduction). This is reinforced by the criteria of scientific excellence that are used to judge the quality of research output across the academy. How can this be?

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