Origin of empiricism
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Examples from the Web for empiricism
Roosevelt, the Emperor of Empiricism, never learned the lesson Keynes tried to teach.Stop Trying to Balance Budgets!
June 28, 2010
If President-elect Obama truly does forecast a new Age of Empiricism, then Larry is the best choice for Treasury.Larry Summers for Treasury
November 13, 2008
Throughout civilized Europe a sort of carnival of empiricism prevailed.Art in England
Animal magnetism or mesmerism had been involved in mystery and empiricism.
Comte's teachings are a combination of empiricism and socialism.A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year
Observation is the fundamental logical principle of empiricism.The Approach to Philosophy
Ralph Barton Perry
The critical disposition of empiricism is well exemplified here.Reconstruction in Philosophy
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Word Origin and History for empiricism
Were I obliged to give a short name to the attitude in question, I should call it that of radical empiricism, in spite of the fact that such brief nicknames are nowhere more misleading than in philosophy. I say 'empiricism' because it is contented to regard its most assured conclusions concerning matters of fact as hypotheses liable to modification in the course of future experience; and I say 'radical,' because it treats the doctrine of monism itself as an hypothesis, and, unlike so much of the half way empiricism that is current under the name of positivism or agnosticism or scientific naturalism, it does not dogmatically affirm monism as something with which all experience has got to square. The difference between monism and pluralism is perhaps the most pregnant of all the differences in philosophy. [William James, preface to "The Sentiment of Rationality" in "The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy," 1897]
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- Employment of empirical methods, as in science.
- The practice of medicine that disregards scientific theory and relies solely on practical experience.
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