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em·pir·i·cism

(em-pir'i-sizm),
A looking to experience as a guide to practice or to the therapeutic use of any remedy.

empiricism

/em·pir·i·cism/ (em-pir´ĭ-sizm) skill or knowledge based entirely on experience.empir´icempir´ical

empiricism

(ĕm-pîr′ĭ-sĭz′əm)
n.
1. The view that experience, especially of the senses, is the only source of knowledge.
2.
a. Employment of empirical methods, as in science.
b. An empirical conclusion.
3. The practice of medicine that disregards scientific theory and relies solely on practical experience.

em·pir′i·cist n.

empiricism

[empir′isiz′əm]
a form of therapy based on the therapist's personal experience and that of other practitioners. empiricist, n.

empiricism,

n philosophical school in which theories must be based upon repeatable observations. Modern science has empiricism as its philosophical foundation.

empiricism

The belief that knowledge or behaviour stems from experience, learning or data acquired by observation or experimentation. See nativism; empiricist theory.

em·pir·i·cism

(em-pir'i-sizm)
Using experience as a guide to practice or use of any remedy.

empiricism

skill or knowledge based entirely on experience; compare with rationalism.
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This indifference was taken to its logical extremes by the British empiricists and the Circle of Vienna, to the point that epistemological anarchy would eventually fill the void left by the collapsed edifice of logical positivism.
Gassendi clearly stands at the threshold of modernity, anticipating the British empiricists by more than a century.
The question undergoes a shift with the British empiricists, and it is Locke's redefinition of clarity and distinctness (Essay, II, XXIX, 6) which in effect brings about this shift: the concern with the reality of knowledge comes to be supplanted by the concern with the meaningfulness of the language expressing it, and ironically enough, claims about God--and hence, Descartes's requirement for perfect knowledge--are dismissed as meaningless.

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