The positivistic stream of thought was not more in favour of a real evolution than was the Romantic school.
Lucretius was too literal, positivistic, and insistent for such a delicate task.
Thus the scientific conservatism of Newton has led to the positivistic and agnostic phase of naturalism.
Large difficulties loom upon the horizon of this positivistic insistence upon history.
The result is what one may call the growth of naturalistic or positivistic feeling.
It was to this imperfect and perishing world that matter of fact, positivistic science referred.
An approach to philosophy frequently found in the twentieth century. Positivists usually hold that all meaningful statements must be either logical inferences or sense descriptions, and they usually argue that the statements found in metaphysics, such as “Human beings are free” or “Human beings are not free,” are meaningless because they cannot possibly be verified by the senses.