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(2003). Part of Springer Nature. Positivists believe society shapes the individual and use quantitative methods, intepretivists believe individuals shape society and use qualitative methods. In recent years, there has been little consensus about the nature of positivism or about the precise forms its influence has taken on psychological theory. Why theory matters: Analytical strategies of critical psychology. Teo, T. (2008). Why was there no place for personalistic thinking in 20th century psychology? They also believe that knowledge should be obtained through using the scientific method. Brock, A. C. (2014). Hempel, C. G., & Oppenheim, P. (1948). Not affiliated Critical ideas such as that ontology and epistemology are in practice intertwined, how a commitment to a specific conceptualization of the subject matter implies specific methodological commitments and vice versa, as well as the roles of relevance, temporality, authority, society, and culture in knowledge-making are discussed. 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