Realism vs. Idealism

Realism

•Typical in natural science
•Positivism
•Theory testing
•Quantitative
•Experiments and statistical analysis
•Isolated phenomena and fixed relationships

Idealism

•Typical in social sciences
•Interpretivism
•Theory building
•Qualitative
•Descriptive and exploratory
•Complex relationships with human component
Reference: Vesna Brujic-Okretic (2011) RMPI Lecture Notes
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