logical positivism


noun

a philosophical movement that stresses the function of philosophy as a method of criticizing and analyzing science and that rejects all transcendental metaphysics, statements of fact being held to be meaningful only if they have verifiable consequences in experience and in statements of logic, mathematics, or philosophy itself, and with such statements of fact deriving their validity from the rules of language.

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Also called logical empiricism.

Origin of logical positivism

First recorded in 1930–35

OTHER WORDS FROM logical positivism

logical positivist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for logical positivism

logical positivism

noun

a philosophical theory that holds to be meaningful only those propositions that can be analysed by the tools of logic into elementary propositions that are either tautological or are empirically verifiable. It therefore rejects metaphysics, theology, and sometimes ethics as meaningless
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