Social Research Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-19, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 23 January, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2019.


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core definition

Phenomenalism is at the heart of positivism as it accepts that physical objects can be known as they appear as perceived phenomena.

explanatory context

Phenomenalism is thus opposed to the idea of a reality behind surface appearances. (This issue clearly separates postivism from Marxism and phenomenology).


Phenomenalism should not be confused with phenomenology.

analytical review

associated issues


related areas

See also



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