Difficult Questions

  1. What is ontology? How is it relevant to research?

Many sources tell me that Ontology is to do with “The science or study of being” dealing in the nature of reality. The other day when discussing ‘The Truth’ our class spoke of objective and subjective. Ontology talking in terms of the study of being therefor regards whether this being in the real world is taken as being an objective or subjective way.

Being relevant to research Ontology starts off the research process from what I have read and made sense of, specifically considering the study of being would come first, if we were trying to define reality, Whats actually out there to know? What is real in this world?

We also discussed four areas in our last class, Ontology seems to fit the “We don’t know, what we don’t know (Unconscious Incompetence ). Therefor finding out about this is a part of Ontology.



2. What is epistemology? How is it relevant to research?

If you consider Ontology as the study of being, then Epistemology I have understood as ‘How the beings be’ or the knowledge behind the differences we see or understand as reality. Leading to show there is more information or ‘Truth’ out there to find and discover.

Epistemology is relevant to research through how we know what we know. Again discussing the four areas from class the other day. Linking with the concept conscious competence. Say a person knows or understands how to do something but they still need to be aware of how to do it when compared after doing something so much it just becomes habit (Unconscious Competence). Research and conscious competence relate knowing how you know what you know. Has this been previous research or practice to get there?


3. What is the connection between ontology and epistemology in a research context?

I see the connection as steps in a process of research. Ontology coming first and epistemology afterwards. Starting with Whats out there to know? and the truth out there to be understood of that particular instance.


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