A Focus on Qualitative Research

I am currently enrolled in a course on qualitative research and learning so much from it. Or, to be more correct, ‘unlearning’ so much from it. The course is quite academic and planted in western philosophic concepts like ontology, phenomenology, epistemology, pragmatism, etc.

Simple recap: Ontology helps us categorize things and to identify relationships among these categories. Social ontology helps us study social constructs. Phenomenology is the study of how we become aware of things and how we experience them and Hermeneutics studies how we interpret and convey messages. Pragmatism has no place for armchair wonderment; it studies what is available with the understanding that this may change with time- a perfect philosophic concept for our COVID ridden times.

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