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Journal of Geography, Environment and Earth Science International, ISSN: 2454-7352,Vol.: 7, Issue.: 1

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Is Positivism Inevitable in Geography?

 

Oyeleke Oyerinde1*

1Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology, Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State, Nigeria.

Article Information
Editor(s):
(1) Pere Serra Ruiz, Department of Geography, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.
Reviewers:
(1) Joel Efiong, University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria.
(2) Utku Kose, Usak University, Turkey.
Complete Peer review History: http://www.sciencedomain.org/review-history/15674

Abstracts

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.

Keywords :

Geography; positivism; science; philosophy; methodology.

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DOI : 10.9734/JGEESI/2016/28000

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