Journal of Geography, Environment and Earth Science International, ISSN: 2454-7352,Vol.: 7, Issue.: 1
Is Positivism Inevitable in Geography?
Oyeleke Oyerinde1* 1Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology, Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State, Nigeria.
1Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology, Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State, Nigeria.
(1) Pere Serra Ruiz, Department of Geography, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.
(1) Joel Efiong, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria.
(2) Utku Kose, Usak University, Turkey.
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This question appears to be anachronistic in the sense that, as at today, Geography – both physical and human - has fully embraced and adopted Positivism as a philosophy and methodology of acquiring valid knowledge. Therefore, it is no longer a question of inevitability but rather its suitability and sustainability. Nevertheless, this paper attempts to describe Positivism as a philosophical and methodological approach, traces the history of its introduction into geographic inquiry, evaluates its contributions and criticisms, and finally examines what it portends for the future.
Geography; positivism; science; philosophy; methodology.
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