Positivism

Word POSITIVISM
Character 10
Hyphenation pos i tiv ism
Pronunciations /ˈpɒzɪtɪvˌɪzm/

Definitions and meanings of "Positivism"

What do we mean by positivism?

A doctrine contending that sense perceptions are the only admissible basis of human knowledge and precise thought. noun

The application of this doctrine in logic, epistemology, and ethics. noun

The system of Auguste Comte designed to supersede theology and metaphysics and depending on a hierarchy of the sciences, beginning with mathematics and culminating in sociology. noun

Any of several doctrines or viewpoints, often similar to Comte's, that stress attention to actual practice over consideration of what is ideal. noun

The state or quality of being positive. noun

Actual or absolute knowledge. noun

capitalized The Positive philosophy (which see, under positive). noun

A system of philosophy originated by M. Auguste Comte, which deals only with positives. It excludes from philosophy everything but the natural phenomena or properties of knowable things, together with their invariable relations of coexistence and succession, as occurring in time and space. Such relations are denominated laws, which are to be discovered by observation, experiment, and comparison. This philosophy holds all inquiry into causes, both efficient and final, to be useless and unprofitable. noun

A doctrine that states that the only authentic knowledge is scientific knowledge, and that such knowledge can only come from positive affirmation of theories through strict scientific method, refusing every form of metaphysics. noun

Practical spirit, sense of reality, concreteness. noun

A school of thought in jurisprudence in which the law is seen as separated from moral values, i.e. the law is posited by lawmakers (humans). noun

A quality or state characterized by certainty or acceptance or affirmation and dogmatic assertiveness noun

The form of empiricism that bases all knowledge on perceptual experience (not on intuition or revelation) noun

A doctrine that states that the only authentic knowledge is scientific knowledge, and that such knowledge can only come from positive affirmation of theories through strict scientific method, refusing every form of metaphysics.

A school of thought in jurisprudence in which the law is seen as separated from moral values; i.e. the law is posited by lawmakers (humans); legal positivism.

Synonyms and Antonyms for Positivism

The word "positivism" in example sentences

But this positivism is a dead-end: The same impulse of stripping away conceit characterized modern architecture. ❋ Unknown (2009)

In other words, false positivism is easy, but it is a lie. ❋ Unknown (2005)

a small set of men, some of whom are possessed of great ability and have accomplished much, but as a religion in any adequate sense of the word positivism will be admitted a failure by its most sincere adherents. ❋ Friedrich Engels (1857)

Yes, I’d say logical positivism is the closest thing to what I agree with. ❋ Unknown (2010)

In this sense also it is good for me to read chaps like Thomas Hardy who draw all the wrong conclusions and yet write good poetry while coming under the influence of a certain positivism (now who was I reading that was mentioning that sort of thing? ❋ Unknown (2010)

Otherwise it seems you end up in logical positivism, which is relf-refuting. ❋ Unknown (2005)

Otherwise it seems you end up in logical positivism, which is self-refuting. ❋ Unknown (2005)

Meanwhile Saint-Simon's secretary, Auguste Comte (1798–1857), developed his scientific thought and founded the philosophy known as positivism (Cours de philosophie positive, six volumes, 1830–42; Système de politique positive, four volumes, 1851–54). ❋ Unknown (2001)

The naive faith that they are a single thing, and the only way to truth, is an ideology that used to be called positivism and is now called scientism. ❋ Feyerabend, Paul (1984)

But this stringency, which is called positivism when the conditions of welfare are understood, becomes fanaticism when they are misrepresented. ❋ George Santayana (1907)

He addresses head on the kind of positivism that seems to be the common fare over here. ❋ Unknown (2007)

But what is encompassed by "positivism" in this setting? ❋ Daniel Little (2008)

Here, Hayek traces the history of "positivism" in the social sciences to the Paris-based Ecole Polytechnique, and the sociologists Saint-Simon and August Comte. ❋ Tusar N Mohapatra (2008)

The general reader encountering so complex a story, unclear perhaps about terms left undefined "positivism," "Fichtean idealism", awash in proper names of barely distinguishable minor clerics and the unmemorable long titles of their numerous theological writings, may wonder whether the professor's history is comprehensive to a fault. ❋ Unknown (2007)

Roebuck and Phifer (1999) lament what they perceive as current "positivism" in biodiversity conservation, described by them as based variously on processes of verificationism and falsificationism in seeking facts. ❋ Faith, Daniel P. (2007)

Tom, you're understanding "positivism" in a way that I am not. ❋ Unknown (2006)

On this view one cannot predict or demon - strate theological principles by a priori reasoning, and one is led into a kind of positivism and fideism wherein one believes a dogma solely on the authority of the ❋ DAVID LARRIMORE HOLLAND (1968)

I have no hesitation in saying that for treating Shelley as a philosopher, I shall be attacked with great "positivism" by the disciples [A] of manufacturers of bran-new Brummagen philosophies dug out of Aristotelian and other depths to which are added new thoughts, not their own. ❋ Charles Sotheran (1874)

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