logical positivist


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Noun1.logical positivist - someone who maintains that any statement that cannot be verified empirically is meaningless
positivist, rationalist - someone who emphasizes observable facts and excludes metaphysical speculation about origins or ultimate causes
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As a child, our protagonist Dave makes fun of a passing logical positivist, who then proceeds to do something very antithetical to logical positivism.
97)--we are treated in Chapter 4 to an overview of some key philosophical interactions between science and ethics from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century, working through Hobbes, Locke, Hume and Kant and past the logical positivist reduction of ethics, onwards into sociobiological accounts.
We still produce scientists whose conceptions of "fact" and "truth" remain sturdily Logical Positivist, lacking understanding of the provisional, incomplete nature of scientific evidence.
Treating a novel so overtly composed of philosophical discussion without delving into the archive, LeMahieu leaves himself little room to do more than translate that discussion into logical positivist terms.
As opposed to logical positivist Popper admits that metaphysics has value for empirical science by stating:
Unlike Gilbert Harman or Richard Rorty, Fisher is no relativist, and unlike, say, Charles Stevenson, he is no logical positivist.
The logical positivist and atomist accounts of science clearly ruled theology "unscientific.
This method was devised by the philosopher and sociologist Otto Neurath--a logical positivist but also (like Arntz, who lived in Moscow for a time) a Marxist--"to represent social facts pictorially" as a way of assisting in the self-education of the proletariat, and it was executed by Arntz, who created some four thousand pictographs to be used to present quantitative data on social processes: demographic, economic, and political.
Not every logical positivist would have expressed his views in the ways below, not every principle was expressed during the same time period, and any particular logical positivist might well have chosen to express his views on one or more of these topics differently at different times.
They feature three nominalists, one Platonist, and a main character who is skeptical regarding both theories and prefers to push a thesis made by the logical positivist Rudolph Carnap: "The sentence `There are numbers' is a trivial truth if construed as an assertion from within mathematics.
The logical positivist conception of career comes from the position of an external observer of vocational behavior who can see the progression of occupational positions recorded on an individual's curriculum vitae.
The logical positivist Ayer's rejection of transcendental reality and insistence upon empirical verification may have led him to claim that philosophy has little to say about current issues.