Origin of positivism
Examples from the Web for positivist
Which is precisely why complaints about BGU faculty not teaching enough of quantitative and “positivist” methods seem so hollow.Israeli Academia: Crossing The Line?
October 8, 2012
It is one of the most deep-rooted of positivist illusions—that people are persons.The Book of the Damned
They are bringing the wonder of the world back to the positivist.The Shadow World
The positivist, on the other hand, escapes the difficulty by an opposite course.The Philosophy of the Conditioned
H. L. Mansel
To this, says Fitzjames, no positivist can give a fair answer.The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I.
Sir Leslie Stephen
As to the future, who can doubt that humanity will be positivist?
- a strong form of empiricism, esp as established in the philosophical system of Auguste Comte, that rejects metaphysics and theology as seeking knowledge beyond the scope of experience, and holds that experimental investigation and observation are the only sources of substantial knowledgeSee also logical positivism
- Also called: legal positivism the jurisprudential doctrine that the legitimacy of a law depends on its being enacted in proper form, rather than on its contentCompare natural law (def. 3)
- the quality of being definite, certain, etc
Word Origin and History for positivist
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.