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Definition of Empiricism


  1. The method or practice of an empiric; pursuit of knowledge by observation and experiment.
  2. 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.
  3. The philosophical theory which attributes the origin of all our knowledge to experience.

Empiricism Quotations

To be radical, an empiricism must neither admit into its constructions any element that is not directly experienced, nor exclude from them any element that is directly experienced.
William James

Experience seems to most of us to lead to conclusions, but empiricism has sworn never to draw them.
George Santayana

Even as empiricism is winning the mind, transcendentalism continues to win the heart.
E. O. Wilson

There's a fierce practicality and empiricism which the whole imaginative, lyrical aspect of poetry comes from.
David Whyte
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Empiricism Translations

empiricism in French is empirisme
empiricism in German is Empirismus
empiricism in Spanish is empirismo
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