empiricist philosophy


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Noun1.empiricist philosophy - (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience
British empiricism - the predominant philosophical tradition in Great Britain since the 17th century
experimentalism - an empirical doctrine that advocates experimental principles
logical positivism, positivism - the form of empiricism that bases all knowledge on perceptual experience (not on intuition or revelation)
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory - a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
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The author shows how the influence of this Christian Platonist philosophy upon sceptical empiricist philosophy in Hume's Treatise can be understood in terms of Hume's exploiting Malebranche's religiously informed science of man to serve a different secular agenda.
In this way, Newman solves the problem that faces empiricist philosophy of justifying the immediate and automatic apprehension that our internal sensations refer to an external reality.
Where Hume envisaged conversation as the experiential medium for an empiricist philosophy, the romantic essayist turns that experiential medium to an idealist purpose.