In this paper, I take up a discussion of what philosophic method is, and why it should be viewed as an important qualitative research method. After clarifying the nature of philosophic method within the larger framework of social practices, I argue that philosophy is important to both practice and research, and I suggest that philosophers work in concert with other qualitative researchers. I argue that recently (relatively speaking) philosophy has been viewed with some understandable disdain among both practitioners and researchers as an enjoyable but abstract (and therefore useless) social practice. That perception can be fixed but only if philosophical research becomes once again explicitly relevant to practice (particularly educational practice). Finally, I provide a brief example of how philosophy can indeed be relevant to practice from a recent symposium that I participated in on reflection in service-learning education.
Philosophy, Qualitative Research, Research Method, John Dewey, Social Practice, Service-Learning, Educational Research, and History of Philosophy
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Sheffield, E. (2004). Beyond Abstraction: Philosophy as a Practical Qualitative Research Method . The Qualitative Report, 9(4), 760-769. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol9/iss4/9