Phronesis, aporia, and qualitative research

Rob Macklin, Gail Whiteford

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Qualitative researchers sometimes adopt an interpretive orientation, thereby promoting a form of professional practice not underpinned by positivist reasoning processes but by practical rationality. In this chapter, we contend that what we call ‘interpretive’ qualitative research does not stand the test of standard conceptions of scientific reason. However, we also contend that the test of such conceptions of scientific reasoning is not an appropriate test for interpretively oriented qualitative research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhronesis as Professional Knowledge
Subtitle of host publicationPractical Wisdom in the Professions
EditorsElizabeth Anne Kinsella, Allan Pitman
Place of PublicationRotterdam
PublisherSense Publishers
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789460917318
ISBN (Print)9789460917295
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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