noun[mass noun] Philosophy
The theory that all knowledge is based on experience derived from the senses. Stimulated by the rise of experimental science, it developed in the 17th and 18th centuries, expounded in particular by John Locke, George Berkeley, and David Hume. Compare with phenomenalism.
- Fernow played up a widely accepted historical dichotomy between European theory and British empiricism in science.
- There were errors of interpretation in feminists' critiques, for example, concerning the extent to which analytic philosophy incorporated empiricism.
- Yet habit is the linchpin for the philosophical way of thinking that James called radical empiricism, and later pragmatism.
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