[Humanist] 23.260 beliefs behind method?

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 260.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 01 Sep 2009 16:28:09 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: belief behind method

The following is from Soshana Zuboff, In the Age of the Smart Machine: 
The Future of Work and Power (New York: Basic Books, 1984), p. 423:

> Behind every method lies a belief. Researchers must have a theory of
> reality and of how that reality might surrender itself to their
> knowledge-seeking efforts. These epistemological fundamentals are
> subject to debate but not to ultimate proof. Each epistemology
> implies a set of methods uniquely suited to it, and these methods
> will render the qualities of data that reflect a researcher's
> assessment of what is vital. I believe that researchers ought to
> indicate something about their beliefs, so that readers can have
> access to the intellectual choices that are embedded in the research
> effort.

So what are our epistemologically relevant beliefs about the objects we 

Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
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