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Ontology, Epistemology and Axiology in Research


Shaiju K.C.


Research is always motivated by human curiosity. It is the curiosity to know more and know better about the social world we live in. It acts as the fundamental drive in our expansion of knowledge. This drive for-research and re-cognition is always manifest in science the formulation and innovation of new ideas and technologies. But in philosophy, this curiosity for cognition is not always readily manifest, but are to be discerned as the very inner design of research.
Philosophy, by its very definition, is the insatiable love for knowledge. It constantly seeks not just the social and human meaning of our natural world; it also constantly re-examines and redefines our ways of knowing them. As Malcolm Williams remarks, philosophical assumptions are the explicit, or implicit, starting point for research (135). Any meaningful research endeavour, in order for it to be meaningful, has to adopt as its frame an appropriate philosophical perspective. Hence, the relationship between philosophy and social research has to be appropriately grasped by a novice in academic research.




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Ontology, Epistemology and Axiology in Research. Shaiju K.C.. 2018. IJIRCT, Volume 4, Issue 3. Pages 1-5.

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