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The methodology ( Greek μεθοδολογία , about which teaching of the procedure ") refers to both the teaching of the techniques from a single discipline and the general teaching of scientific methods as part of the logic and philosophy .

The question asked here is the criteria for which method is suitable for a certain type of application, why a certain method must or is used and no other. Questions about the methodological approach are clarified here. The methodology is therefore a meta-science and thus a sub-discipline of the philosophy of science . In contrast, methodology describes the methodological knowledge of the practitioner or scientist.


Scientific theoretical foundations

  • Paul Feyerabend : Against the method constraint. Sketch of an anarchist epistemology. Frankfurt 1976.
  • Hans-Georg Gadamer : Truth and Method . Basic features of a philosophical hermeneutics. 6th edition. Collected Works 1, Tübingen 1990.
  • Kuno Lorenz : Method . In: Jürgen Mittelstraß (Hrsg.): Encyclopedia Philosophy and Philosophy of Science. Volume 2, Mannheim / Vienna / Zurich 1984, pp. 876-879.

Introductory reviews

  • Karl-Dieter Opp: Methodology of the social sciences: Introduction to problems of their theories and practical application: Introduction to problems of their theories and practical application. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 2005.
  • Udo Kuckartz, John Creswell: Mixed Methods: Methodology, Research Designs and Analysis Methods. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 2012.
  • Alan F. Chalmers , Niels Bergemann, Christine Altstötter-Gleich and N. Bergemann: Paths of Science: Introduction to the Theory of Science. Springer 2001.

Web links

Wiktionary: Methodology  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Bettina Beer: “Method”, “Methodology” and “Methodology” in Ethnology. In: Ethno Scripts. Retrieved October 28, 2019 .