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What Is Research Philosophy?

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Research philosophy in the ‘research onion’ Each stage of the research process is based on assumptions about the sources and the nature of knowledge. The research philosophy will reflect the author’s important assumptions and these assumptions serve as base for the research strategy.

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Research philosophy is an important part of research methodology. Research philosophy is classified as ontology, epistemology and axiology. These philosophical approaches enable to decide which approach should be adopted by the researcher and why, which is derived from research questions (Saunders, Lewis, & Thornhill, ).

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Philosophy of Research You probably think of research as something very abstract and complicated. It can be, but you'll see (I hope) that if you understand the different parts or phases of a research project and how these fit together, it's not nearly as complicated as it may seem at first glance. We look at three types of research assumptions to distinguish research phi- losophies: ontology, epistemology and axiology. Ontology refers to .