A research philosophy such as positivism has a significance importance in the study of society. There are three research philosophies that are recognised in the literature to the study of society - interpretivism, realism and positivism. The aim of each of these philosophies is to endow with a distinctive view on the way knowledge is developed. These philosophies in the social science are contrasted on ontological, epistemological and methodological bases as outlined by Corbetta (2003,...
"Rather than comparing war to art we could more accurately compare it to commerce, which is also a conflict of human interests and activities; it is still closer to politics, which in turn may be considered as a kind of commerce on a larger scale" (Clausewitz, 1976 [1832]. On War, Book I, Chapter 3, p.202-203). Already in 1832 Clausewitz wrote his famous book 'On war' (Zum Krieg) in which he states that war is the oldest form of competition between human organizations. He finds that...