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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In order to discredit Mill's faith in progress and humanity as just another example of repressed religion, Gray tries to show how humanity's supposed progression is in conflict with Mill's empiricist philosophy. According to Mill, everything we recognize in the world--physical objects, human beings--is constructed from sensory impressions and born out of experience.
If the linguistic theory is to serve as a principle of empiricist philosophy, it should itself meet the empiricist standard of significance, i.e., there should be some way of testing it against experience.
Ramsay's thought aligns with the British empiricist philosophy of the period, to show how Woolf implicitly challenges this approach in short stories such as "The Mark on the Wall" and, of course, "Solid Objects." Sim's careful attention to the formal qualities of each--such as the proliferation of questions in "The Mark on the Wall"--gives further weight to the general point that these texts challenge the "standard" conception of reality represented by Mr.