from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who believes in philosophical empiricism; one who regards sensuous experience as the sole source of all ideas and knowledge.
  • noun A medical empiric.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An empiric.

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  • noun an advocate or supporter of empiricism

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  • noun a philosopher who subscribes to empiricism


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  • Quine was a logical empiricist, which is a much broader category.

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  • In that case the rationalist will usually also be in favor of what is called free-will, and the empiricist will be a fatalist --


  • This so-called empiricist dogma of Sarpi, Galileo, Rene Descartes, Antonio Conti, et al., provided the basis for what John Maynard Keynes was to expose later as the morbid hoax of "black magic" speculator Isaac Newton.

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  • He paused in thought for a good bit longer than I expected and replied that he was an "empiricist".

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  • In natural philosophy and metaphysics Marsilius was an empiricist, meaning that he thought all scientific knowledge must be based on either sense data or self-evident propositions, i.e., propositions in which the meaning of the predicate is included in the subject.

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  • It has inspired Kant with a peremptory refutation of "empiricist" theories of knowledge.

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  • No one can live an hour without both facts and principles, so it is a difference rather of emphasis; yet it breeds antipathies of the most pungent character between those who lay the emphasis differently; and we shall find it extraordinarily convenient to express a certain contrast in men's ways of taking their universe, by talking of the 'empiricist' and of the


  • In a 2002 interview, Benedict described himself as "always an empiricist, meaning I liked to write the facts - before we discovered they really didn't exist."

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  • If that is the case, how does an non-modeling "empiricist" contribute?


  • This discussion implicates both the "empiricist" and the "transcendental" perspectives, and suggests that Marx does not regard either as a fully adequate representation of the commodity.


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