from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The view that experience, especially of the senses, is the only source of knowledge.
- n. Employment of empirical methods, as in science.
- n. An empirical conclusion.
- n. The practice of medicine that disregards scientific theory and relies solely on practical experience.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pursuit of knowledge purely through experience, especially by means of observation and sometimes by experimentation.
- n. A practice of medicine founded on mere experience, without the aid of science or a knowledge of principles; ignorant and unscientific practice; the method or practice of an empiric.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The method or practice of an empiric; pursuit of knowledge by observation and experiment.
- n. Specifically, a practice of medicine founded on mere experience, without the aid of science or a knowledge of principles; ignorant and unscientific practice; charlatanry; quackery.
- n. The philosophical theory which attributes the origin of all our knowledge to experience.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character of being empirical; reliance on direct experience and observation rather than on theory; empirical method; especially, an undue reliance upon mere individual experience.
- n. In medicine, the practice of empirics; hence, quackery; the pretension of an ignorant person to medical skill.
- n. The metaphysical theory that all ideas are derived from sensuous experience—that is, that there are no innate or a priori conceptions.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the application of empirical methods in any art or science
- n. (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience
- n. medical practice and advice based on observation and experience in ignorance of scientific findings
In philosophy, the term empiricism is used to describe a number of distinct philosophical attitudes, practices, and propositions.
Libertarians argue that there are limits to reason — your empiricism is welcome here!
One was a great rationalist, an apostle of individual liberty, an enemy of dogma and a believer in empiricism as the source of all knowledge; the other was a Mexican nun who lived her entire life in the closed, authoritarian society that was colonial empire of New Spain.
Vividbleau wrote: ya know its gotta be scary for them to come to grips with the fact that their empiricism is self refuting.
Im afraid just like your other examples you have repeatedly given this too will not register … ya know its gotta be scary for them to come to grips with the fact that their empiricism is self refuting.
July 9th, 2007 at 5: 35 pm salimfahdley wrote: me: One of the amusing things about empiricism is that it makes the having of observable consequences a criterion of reality.
But this sort of "logical empiricism" is at best a very crude method for assessing the goodness of arguments.
One of the amusing things about empiricism is that it makes the having of observable consequences a criterion of reality.
But I worry that this new generation of quantitative empiricism is crowding out qualitative empiricism and what is pejoratively called “casual” empiricism.
Seems to me a combination of both coupled with some good old fashioned empiricism is the path to warranted belief.