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What are your top priorities for the QTD?
Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:02 pm
If you were setting the agenda for profession-wide deliberations on guidelines for qualitative research, what would your top priorities/issues/questions be?
Re: What are your top priorities for the QTD?
Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 5:35 pm
Methodological Priorities for Political Science
jawilliams wrote:If you were setting the agenda for profession-wide deliberations on guidelines for qualitative research, what would your top priorities/issues/questions be?
First, see my comment at, viewtopic.php?p=699#p699
, concerning why Empathy is the primary method of Political Science.
Empathy is the primary method for understanding political behavior. It involves imagining oneself in the context under study. It is a highly personal intellectual activity. It is the way humans understand one another, and in our profession probably can't be reduced to methodological steps that another political scientist could follow.
In my view, our profession is largely in denial about the prominence of empathy. What Clarke and Primo call 'Physics Envy' (see A Model Discipline) misleads political scientists into thinking that some sort of 'objective' method and knowledge is attainable for the profession. Yet facts in political science would have no meaning but for the empathic interpretation they are given. We ought to become more self-aware, and recognize the current role of empathy in political science's actual efforts to explain political behavior. Then we ought to fine tune the practice of empathy as a part of professional development. The empathic interpretations offered by one political scientist can be intellectually criticized by others. This debate can result in some consensus as to the appropriate interpretation. Consensus of the relevant experts is the ultimate standard for establishing the validity of political science knowledge. We should work on developing protocols for cultivating such consensus.
William J. Kelleher, Ph.D.