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    Some comments on the projectibility of anthropological hypotheses: Samoa briefly revisited.Steven J. Miller & Marcel Fredericks - 1989 - Erkenntnis 30 (3):279 - 299.
    The purpose of this article is to examine the applicability of the theory of projection for Anthropological hypotheses. The claim is made that Goodman's classic statement of the problem does not apply in its entirety to actual Anthropological hypotheses. The recent Freeman-Mead debate is employed as a framework for the discussion, illustrating that the issue of projectibility, while central for the social sciences, is best used as a backdrop to illustrate several important methodological problems. For Anthropology, and other related social (...)
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    A case for "qualitative confirmation" for the social and behavioral sciences.Steven I. Miller & Marcel Fredericks - 1991 - Philosophy of Science 58 (3):452-467.
    This paper attempts to clarify the meaning and significance of "qualitative confirmation". The need to do so is related to the fact that, without such a conceptualization, a large portion of the human sciences are relegated to a less than scientific status. Accordingly, "qualitative confirmation" is viewed as a proper subset of traditional confirmation theory. To establish such a case, a general Hempelian framework is utilized, but it is supplemented with two additional levels of confirmation. It is concluded that the (...)
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    Social Science and (Null) Hypothesis Testing.Steven Miller & Marcel Fredericks - 2002 - ProtoSociology 17:188-201.
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    Some notes on confirming hypotheses in qualitative research: An application.Marcel Fredericks & Steven Miller - 1988 - Social Epistemology 2 (4):345 – 352.
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    Making It in Med School: Biography of a Medical Student.Marcel A. Fredericks & Paul Mundy - 1982 - Loyola Press.
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    Some comments on the inability of sociology of science to explain science.Steven Miller & Marcel Fredericks - 1994 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 20 (1-2):73-86.
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    Another view of translation manuals and the study of science.Steven I. Miller & Marcel Fredericks - 1997 - Synthese 113 (2):171-193.
    The article argues for the possibility of translation manuals having an implicit internal structure. This structure is composed of specific methodological assumptions and techniques. Using the (N)-type and (G)-type distinction developed by Fuller for the study of scientific behavior, it is shown that these are incomplete characterizations of translation manuals. A more complete characterization must involve an analysis of how the presence or absence of methodological rules influences the interpretation of specific research questions. It is further argued that while Quine's (...)
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  8. Can There Be" Rules" for Qualitative Inquiry.Susan I. Miller & Marcel Fredericks - 1996 - Journal of Thought 31:61-72.
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    Mixed Methods and Ontological Commitments.Steven Miller & Marcel Fredericks - 2006 - ProtoSociology 22:186-206.
    This article argues that the emerging field of Mixed Methods faces a series of challenges which must be addressed before the area can fulfill its potential. Foremost among these is the lack of attention given to ontological concerns. Specifically, Mixed Methods must examine what ontological commitments are made as the result of employing the range of typologies now discovered. It is argued that Mixed Methods presently lacks a clear conception of how its paradigm is significantly different from non-mixed methodological approaches. (...)
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    Reliabilism 'naturalized'.Steven Miller & Marcel Fredericks - 2002 - Social Epistemology 16 (4):367 – 376.
    The article is an attempt to better understand the objections to the doctrine of 'reliabilism' made by prominent epistemologists. The view argued for here is that while one extreme case of anti-reliabilism seems to be the paradigm case against the entire concept, this very case points out some additional, and implicit, problems with the standard account of epistemic justification. The most notable is that the standard view attacks reliabilism on the grounds that it lacks a means of giving adequate reasons (...)
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    Some notes on the nature of methodological indeterminacy.Steven I. Miller & Marcel Fredericks - 1991 - Synthese 88 (3):359 - 378.
    This paper is an attempt to extend the meaning of the concept of indeterminacy for the human sciences. The authors do this by coining the term methodological indeterminacy and arguing that indeterminacy is better understood when linked to specific methodological techniques. Paradoxically, while specific research techniques demonstrate that the issue of indeterminacy is complex, yielding the possibility of types and degrees, it does not eliminate the problem of translation first raised by Quine. However, the authors go on to argue that, (...)
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    Social Science Research and Policymaking.Steven I. Miller, Marcel Fredericks & Frank J. Perino - 2008 - ProtoSociology 25:186-205.
    The purpose of this article is to explore some of the non-obvious characteristics of the social science research-social policy (SSRSP) paradigm. We examine some of the underlying assumptions of the readily accepted claim that social science research can lead to the creation of rational social policy. We begin by using the framework of meta-analysis as one of the most powerful means of informing policy by way of empirical research findings. This approach is critiqued and found wanting in several ways. Several (...)
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    Some comments on the inability of sociology of science to explain science.Steven Miller & Marcel Fredericks - 1994 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 20 (1-2):73-86.