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empiricism
as in:  empiricism v. rationalism


John Locke is credited with explicitly formulating empiricism.
  the doctrine that all knowledge is derived from experience
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  • John Locke is credited with explicitly formulating empiricism.
  • The minutes lingered, and the delay had seemed an hour to the adventurer in empiricism, when the Huron laid aside his pipe and drew his robe across his breast, as if about to lead the way to the lodge of the invalid.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • And you are going to talk about them today, these empiricists?
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Professor Abraham Flesser was my logic teacher, an avowed empiricist and an enemy of what he called "obscurantist Continental philosophies," which, he explained, included everything that had happened in German philosophy from Fichte to Heidegger, with the exception of Vaihinger and one or two others.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen

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  • The scientific method of experimentation is carefully controlled empiricism.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • It’s also a reminder of the need for relentless empiricism in developing policies.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Moreover, during the past century both American culture and German culture have shown an unusually strong passion for science, technology, engineering, empiricism, social order, and efficiency.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • He said—"Continue, persevere; listen neither to the suggestions of routine, nor to the over-hasty councils of a rash empiricism.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Empiricism?
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The first problem of empiricism, if empiricism is believed, concerns the nature of "substance."
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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  • Common sense today is empiricism, since an overwhelming majority would agree with Hume, even though in other cultures and other times a majority might have differed.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The first problem of empiricism, if empiricism is believed, concerns the nature of "substance."
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Kant is trying to save scientific empiricism from the consequences of its own self-devouring logic.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Hume would have answered that the eighteen-year-old had no thoughts whatsoever, and in giving this answer would have defined himself as an empiricist, one who believes all knowledge is derived exclusively from the senses.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • A view such as this is called empiricism.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • An empiricist will derive all knowledge of the world from what the senses tell us.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • The most important empiricists—or philosophers of experience—were Locke, Berkeley, and Hume, and all three were British.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • So we usually make a distinction between British empiricism and Continental rationalism.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • As an empiricist, Hume took it upon himself to clean up all the woolly concepts and thought constructions that these male philosophers had invented.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Could you repeat the meaning of empiricism?
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • An empiricist of our own century, Bertrand Russell, has provided a more grotesque example.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • He was the next of the three British empiricists.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • I think I’m beginning to see what empiricism is.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • It became a matter of great importance to the British empiricists to scrutinize all human conceptions to see whether there was any basis for them in actual experience.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • He stands out as the most important of the empiricists.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • And yet Berkeley was the most consistent of the empiricists.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • And that the empiricists believed all knowledge of the world proceeded from the senses.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • In his point of departure Kant agrees with Hume and the empiricists that all our knowledge of the world comes from our sensations.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • I see now how he could think both the rationalists and the empiricists were right up to a point.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • This is just what Berkeley questioned, and he did so by the logic of empiricism.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • You may recall that Locke was not consistent in his empiricism.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • He was familiar both with the rationalism of Descartes and Spinoza and the empiricism of Locke, Berkeley, and Hume.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • The rationalists had almost forgotten the importance of experience, and the empiricists had shut their eyes to the way our own mind influences the way we see the world.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • And finally we could perhaps say that Kant succeeded in showing the way out of the impasse that philosophy had reached in the struggle between rationalism and empiricism.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • But our watches do not always agree . Hilde read how Alberto told Sophie about the Renaissance and the new science, the seventeenth-century rationalists and British empiricism.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • But he thought the rationalists went too far in their claims as to how much reason can contribute, and he also thought the empiricists placed too much emphasis on sensory experience.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Kant agreed with the rationalists in some things and with the empiricists in others.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Another is the so-called analytical philosophy or logical empiricism, with roots reaching back to Hume and British empiricism, and even to the logic of Aristotle.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Another is the so-called analytical philosophy or logical empiricism, with roots reaching back to Hume and British empiricism, and even to the logic of Aristotle.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
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