logical positivist

Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to logical positivist: metaphysics
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
References in periodicals archive ?
We still produce scientists whose conceptions of "fact" and "truth" remain sturdily Logical Positivist, lacking understanding of the provisional, incomplete nature of scientific evidence.
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.
In the logical positivist view of language and logic, meaningful sentences are statements of fact that can be verified in experience, or derived from statements that have previously been verified.
In the logical positivist paradigm, the underlying philosophical stance is that reality is objective and objective truth can be found through systematic investigation and measurement.
The guiding ideas of the Bauhaus, including form following function and the need to make the building process more efficient, have a counterpart in its contemporary logical positivist circle in Vienna (although when Ludwig Wittgenstein spent years designing a house for his sister, his attempt to find entirely rational connections between architecture and philosophy ultimately failed).
Commenting on his 1945 paper, Skinner (Blanshard & Skinner, 1966-1967) said, "The physicalism of the logical positivist has never been good behaviorism, as I pointed out twenty years ago (Skinner, 1945)" (p.
citing the logical positivist Rudolph Carnap in this regard), as tarring