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logical positivism

n.
A philosophy asserting the primacy of observation in assessing the truth of statements of fact and holding that metaphysical and subjective arguments not based on observable data are meaningless. Also called logical empiricism.
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logical positivism

n
(Philosophy) a philosophical theory that holds to be meaningful only those propositions that can be analysed by the tools of logic into elementary propositions that are either tautological or are empirically verifiable. It therefore rejects metaphysics, theology, and sometimes ethics as meaningless
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log′ical pos′itivism


n.
a philosophical movement that rejects all transcendental metaphysics, statements of fact being held to be meaningful only if they have verifiable consequences in experience and in statements of logic, mathematics, or philosophy, with such statements of fact deriving their validity from the rules of language. Also called log′ical empir′icism.
[1930–35]
log′ical pos′itivist, n.
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logical positivism

positivism, def. 2.
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Noun1.logical positivism - the form of empiricism that bases all knowledge on perceptual experience (not on intuition or revelation)
empiricism, empiricist philosophy, sensationalism - (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience
Comtism - Auguste Comte's positivistic philosophy that metaphysics and theology should be replaced by a hierarchy of sciences from mathematics at the base to sociology at the top
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Neopositivism. A Neo-Pseudo Issue, The Magnes Press, The Hebrew University, Jerusalen.
Specifically, the discussion of rationality under the rubrics of universality and relativism can be traced to the now-defunct debate originated in the United Kingdom largely as a re-examination of the implications for British neopositivism of E.
In 'Different Pragmatist Reactions to Analytic Philosophy', Michele Marsonet identifies the shared tenet of analytic and pragmatist philosophies as epistemological intersubjectivity, but sees their most salient differences in the area of metaphysics: 'On the one side (of analytic philosophy) we thus have monism and reductionism (neopositivism), and on the other pluralism and anti-reductionism (pragmatism)' (103).
Lebow is famous for challenging the inherent philistinism of neopositivism in American social science.