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What are the most suitable research philosophies in academic research? Show more Show less

The term research philosophy refers to a system of beliefs and assumptions about the development of knowledge. In layman’s terms, a research philosophy is the choice a researcher makes on how to pursue his research, consciously or subconsciously. Scholars have identified five of the most prominent research philosophies in academia, however, choosing one is a matter of debate. (main source: Saunders, Mark & Lewis, P & Thornhill, A. (2009). Understanding research philosophies and approaches. Research Methods for Business Students. 4. 106-135.)

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Postmodernism is a subjectivist philosophy, that emphasizes the role of language and aims to give voice to alternative or deprecated views.
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Postmodernism is innovative

Challenges mainstream theories and may bring about new conclusions

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In their attempt to do away with mainstream theories and conclusions and by focusing on the less trodden path the postmodernists can produce ground-breaking results. When it comes to humanities research, the postmodernists focus on the "fringe" may bring to public attention voices and behaviours that have been previously marginalized or not given enough attention.

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