(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1978)

Document title

Theory construction in geography

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)



The post-war period witnessed a great flowering of geography in the "scientific", or logical positivist, tradition. Although this is a powerful approach to scientific investigation, the pure form of this paradigm restricts the range of researchable topics. Instead of rejecting logical positivism and seeking another mode of philosophy, it seems better to relax some of the stringent requirements of logical positivism and thereby open up perfectly valid but neglected research areas, concerned with longer time scales and wider geographical areas than has been customary in recent decades. This plea is illustrated by reference to evolving ideas about environmental change in the human time scale. (L'A.).


Article of periodic

published at : South African geographer/Suid-Afrikaanse geograaf Stellenbosch

Editor :

Millesime : 1978, vol. 6, no2 [pp. 113-122]

Bibliographic references : 41 réf.



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