chapter  2
Philosophical framework
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This chapter1 begins with the definitions of some terms and the elaboration of a particularly useful way of thinking, that the world around us has a multilayered or stratified nature. This is followed by a consideration of what critical realists call the real, actual and empirical realms of phenomena and a discussion of what is known as the epistemic fallacy. Finally various epistemological implications of the philosophical approach taken are drawn out and the focus of the research is described in terms of the conceptual framework to be developed in the following three chapters.