As for the previous key concept – Empiricism, you cannot do research without the key concept of Epistemology. A difference from Empiricism is that while nearly all of your tutors and supervisors would be comfortable being called an empiricist at least at some time in their academic careers, it is less likely that they would embrace the key concept of epistemology. This is because it often goes unacknowledged and is taken for granted as a commonsense set of assumptions that underlie research activity. The question for you to answer is how important is it for your particular research project and we would be the first to admit that this rather depends on the academic level of study. We ...