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  Quantitative Research in Information Systems - Section 2: Philosophical Perspectives
In the case of quantitative research, however, the interpretive and critical positions are not meaningful; only the positivist one is. The positivist epistemology (discussed in details next) relies on a host of scientific methods that produce numerical and alphanumeric data.
In theory, it is enough, therefore, for one observation that contradicts the prediction of a theory to falsify it and render it incorrect.
While the positivist epistemology deals only with observed and measured knowledge, the post-positivist epistemology recognizes that such an approach would result in making many important aspects of psychology irrelevant because feelings and perceptions cannot be readily measured.
dstraub.cis.gsu.edu:88 /quant/2philo.asp   (1069 words)

  
 Overview: The Positivist School of Criminology
The positivists understood themselves as scientists: while the classical thinkers were concerned with legal reform, constructing an environment in which crime was seen to be not in an individual's self-interest, the positivists were concerned with scientifically isolating and identifying the determining causes of criminal behavior in individual offenders.
Like the Classical School, the Positivist School had its origins in Italy.
American representatives of the positivist approach to understanding criminality include
www.crimetheory.com /Theories/Positivist.htm   (256 words)

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