Positivism: or, roughly, what you see is what you get
Progress in Human Geography / Progress in Physical Geography Resources
Please note the first three articles per chapter have been provided open access, all other links require journal subscription access which may be available through your university.
Mather, P. (1979) ‘Theory and quantitative methods in geomorphology’, Progress in Physical Geography 3 (4): 471-487. [Note that the ‘realism’ described early in this paper is Bhaskar’s critical realism – see Chapter 4 – rather than scientific realism in general].
Schurman, N. (2000) ‘Trouble in the heartland: GIS and its critics in the 1990s’, Progress in Human Geography 24 (4): 569-90. doi: 10.1191/030913200100189111.
[The focus here is on GIS, but this includes some discussion of (debates about) positivism and GIS].
Smith, N. (1979) ‘Geography, science and post-positivist modes of explanation’, Progress in Human Geography 3 (3): 356-83. doi: 10.1177/030913257900300302.
Article & notes for exercise(s)
Diolaiuti, GA; Bocchiola, D; Vagliasindi, M; D’Agata, C & Smiraglia, C (2012) The 1975-2005 glacier changes in Aosta Valley (Italy) and the relations with climate evolution. Progress in Physical Geography 36 (6): 764-785. doi: 10.1177/0309133312456413.
Bourdeau, M. (2011) ‘Auguste Comte’, in E.N. Zalta (ed.), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2011 Edition). http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/sum2011/entries/comte/