positivism

  • 1 Positivism — is the philosophy that the only authentic knowledge is knowledge that is based on actual sense experience. Such knowledge can only come from affirmation of theories through strict scientific method. Metaphysical speculation is avoided. Though the …

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  • 2 Positivism — • A system of philosophical and religious doctrines elaborated by Auguste Comte. Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Positivism     Positivism      …

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  • 3 positivism — n. The belief that laws exist to run society and are valid because they are enacted by humans, and ideals or worries about justice should not limit their application. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc …

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  • 4 Positivism — Pos i*tiv*ism, n. A system of philosophy originated by M. Auguste Comte, which deals only with positives. It excludes from philosophy everything but the natural phenomena or properties of knowable things, together with their invariable relations… …

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  • 5 positivism — 1847, the philosophy of Auguste Comte, who published Philosophie positive in 1830; see POSITIVE (Cf. positive) + ISM (Cf. ism). Related: Positivist …

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  • 6 positivism — ► NOUN Philosophy ▪ a system recognizing only that which can be scientifically verified or logically proved, and therefore rejecting metaphysics and theism. DERIVATIVES positivist noun & adjective positivistic adjective …

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  • 7 positivism — [päz′ə tiv iz΄əm] n. [Fr positivisme < positif] 1. the quality or state of being positive; certainty; assurance 2. overconfidence or dogmatism 3. a system of philosophy basing knowledge solely on data of sense experience; esp., a system of… …

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  • 8 positivism — positivist, adj., n. positivistic, adj. positivistically, adv. /poz i teuh viz euhm/, n. 1. the state or quality of being positive; definiteness; assurance. 2. a philosophical system founded by Auguste Comte, concerned with positive facts and… …

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  • 9 positivism — The acknowledged founder of positivism or ‘the positive philosophy’ was the French philosopher and social scientist Auguste Comte (1798 1857). Comte is also accredited with the invention of the term ‘sociology’ to describe his proposed science of …

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  • 10 positivism — The philosophy of Comte, holding that the highest or only form of knowledge is the description of sensory phenomena. Comte held that there were three stages of human belief: the theological, the metaphysical, and finally the positive, so called… …

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  • 11 positivism — a philosophy (of science), that originated in the Vienna Circle in the 1920s, which holds that philosophy should aspire to the same sort of rigor as science. Philosophy should provide strict criteria for judging sentences true, false and… …

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  • 12 Positivism — philosophical position that the only authentic knowledge is scientific knowledge. It is an approach to the philosophy of science, deriving from Enlightenment thinkers like Pierre Simon Laplace (and many others). See also logical positivism. •… …

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  • 13 positivism — noun Etymology: French positivisme, from positif positive + isme ism Date: 1847 1. a. a theory that theology and metaphysics are earlier imperfect modes of knowledge and that positive knowledge is based on natural phenomena and their properties… …

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  • 14 Positivism — See Comte and positivism …

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  • 15 POSITIVISM —    the philosophy so called of AUGUSTE COMTE (q.v. COMTE, AUGUSTE), the aim of which is to propound a new arrangement of the sciences and a new theory of the evolution of science; the sciences he classes under the categories of abstract and… …

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • 16 positivism — [[t]pɒ̱zɪtɪvɪsm[/t]] N UNCOUNT Positivism is a philosophy which accepts only things that can be seen or proved. Syn: empiricism Derived words: positivist plural N COUNT usu N n By far the most popular idea is the positivist one that we should… …

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  • 17 positivism — noun Philosophy 1》 a philosophical system (especially as postulated by the French philosopher Auguste Comte (1798–1857)) recognizing only that which can be scientifically verified or which is capable of logical or mathematical proof, and… …

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  • 18 positivism — pozityvizmas statusas T sritis Politika apibrėžtis Filosofija ir metodologija, teigianti, kad svarbiausias mokslo tikslas – aprašyti patiriamą tikrovę ir teikti apie ją stebėjimu ir eksperimentu, o ne įžvalgomis paremtas žinias. Siekia atskirti… …

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  • 19 positivism — n. 1 Philos. the philosophical system of Auguste Comte, recognizing only non metaphysical facts and observable phenomena, and rejecting metaphysics and theism. 2 a religious system founded on this. 3 = logical positivism. Derivatives: positivist… …

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  • 20 positivism — noun a) A doctrine that states that the only authentic knowledge is scientific knowledge, and that such knowledge can only come from positive affirmation of theories through strict scientific method, refusing every form of metaphysics. b)… …

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