In order to establish a causal claim, one needs to establish both that the putative cause and effect are correlated and that there is a mechanism linking the former to the latter that can explain this correlation. This evidential pluralism thesis has led to some very fruitful work in the philosophy of the biomedical sciences and to suggestions for improvements to evidence-based medicine. This project will investigate whether the thesis also applies to the social sciences. Can it be used to provide foundations for ‘mixed methods research’ in the social sciences? Can it lead to improvements in evidence-based social policy?
NEW: We are advertising for a 1-year teaching and research position, with the research to contribute to the project. Deadline 1 March. Job advert. Job description. Further information about the project.
Activities and talks
8-11 December 2019. Jon Williamson: The scope of Evidential Pluralism, NZAP 2019, Auckland.
4-6 December 2019. Jon Williamson: Evidential Pluralism as foundations for mixed methods research, MMIRA 2019, Wellington.