Up to this point, by reviewing relevant literature I have put together conceptual and historical evidence about the lexical bar. Although this material allows strong interpretations to be made, it still provides only commonsense inferences of a different sort from those used in deductive logic. Even when commonsense inferences depend upon true premises and correct reasoning, their conclusions are still only probable. Much the same is true of arguments based on quantitative data, since they really allow just another kind of interpretation. But it is evidence that many people give more weight to, and also understand more readily, even in an age when the narrow ideology of positivism is being left behind in social science philosophy and increasingly in research (Bhaskar, 1986; Corson, 1991).
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