Social sciences, especially sociology, embrace a distinction between interpretivism 1 and (post-)positivism 2. Some social scientist embrace one method over the other and some speak in favor of both. Are there any findings discovered by interpretivist methodology which were also confirmed by (post-)positivist methodology?

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    $\begingroup$ See e.g. Davies-Fitchett, Interpretivist and Positivist Insights Into Museum Consumption, which finds that "the two studies are both highly conformist to their respective paradigmatic schools, yet report common findings and use similar explanations to justify and elaborate their discussions". However, "confirm" is not the word I would use in this context, it presupposes a shared framework of concepts and criteria that does not exist. $\endgroup$
    – Conifold
    Oct 2, 2021 at 8:06


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