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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Philosophy The view that all theoretical terms in science must be defined only by their procedures or operations.

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  • n. A philosophy that attempts to define all scientific concepts in terms of specified operations or procedures of observation and measurement

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the doctrine that the meaning of a proposition consists of the operations involved in defining, proving, or applying it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (philosophy) the doctrine that the meaning of a proposition consists of the operations involved in proving or applying it


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  • You can find Paul Samuelson talking about Mach and "operationalism" and econometrics and all sorts of philosophy of science whooee -- the picture of "real" science that Samuelson had in his head.

    In Defense of Macroeconomists, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • As Donald Gillies (1972, 6 “ 7) emphasizes, if we accept the most extreme kind of operationalism, there is no point in asking whether a measurement method is valid; if the measurement method defines the concept and there is nothing more to the meaning of the concept, the measurement method is automatically valid, as a matter of convention or even tautology.


  • Such operationalism would not destroy systematic unity; on the contrary, it is an optimal strategy for achieving as much systematic unity as nature would allow, in a strongly empiricist system of knowledge.


  • Retaining that sense of humility will help us in developing Bridgman's unfinished thoughts to create a new operationalism that does full justice to the complexity and richness of both nature and human scientific practice.


  • It is often said that operationalism cannot be right because each scientific concept can be measured in various ways.


  • From the methodological lesson he took from Einstein to the insights gained in his own high-pressure physics, an important focus of Bridgman's operationalism was on regulating the extension of concepts to uncharted domains.


  • Behaviorist psychologists took up operationalism (or operationism, as it was more often called in psychology) as a weapon in their fight against more traditional psychologists, especially those who prized introspection as the most important source of psychological knowledge.


  • Nowhere was the positivist disappointment with Bridgman sharper than in considerations of operationalism as a theory of meaning.


  • Increasing the latter, or at least maintaining it, was something that Bridgman sought to achieve with his operationalism.


  • In more general terms, operationalism can be seen as a strategy for increasing the empirical content of scientific theories.



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