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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. 2017.
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  • radical empiricism consists first of a postulate, next of a statement of fact, and finally of a generalized conclusion.

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

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

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

  • If there be real creative activities in being, radical empiricism must say, somewhere they must be immediately lived.

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

  • For a radical empiricism, knowledge would consist of descriptive generalizations based upon the summation of instances.

    The Approach to Philosophy Ralph Barton Perry
  • radical empiricism takes conjunctive relations at their face value, holding them to be as real as the terms united by them.

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