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radical empiricism

(in the philosophy of William James) the doctrine that the only proper subject matter of philosophy is that which can be defined in terms of experience, and that relations are a part of experience.
sensationalism (def 3b).
Origin of radical empiricism
First recorded in 1895-1900
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radical empiricist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The disadvantage of radical empiricism is that it shuts out experience.

    Soliloquies in England

    George Santayana
  • I give the name of ‘radical empiricism’ to my Weltanschauung.

  • In this sense ‘radical empiricism’ and pragmatism are closely allied.

  • It sets forth systematically and within brief compass the doctrine of ‘radical empiricism.’

  • In the second place, the articles originally brought together as ‘Essays in radical empiricism’ form a connected whole.

  • In the third place, Professor James regarded ‘radical empiricism’ as an independent doctrine.

  • radical empiricism consists first of a postulate, next of a statement of fact, and finally of a generalized conclusion.

  • This opens the chapter of the relations of radical empiricism to panpsychism, into which I can not enter now.

  • radical empiricism takes conjunctive relations at their face value, holding them to be as real as the terms united by them.

  • Of course, if true, this cuts off radical empiricism without even a shilling.

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