empiricism empiricism  /ɛm ˈpɪ rə ˌsɪ zəm/


  1. (n) (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience
  2. (n) the application of empirical methods in any art or science
  3. (n) medical practice and advice based on observation and experience in ignorance of scientific findings

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  1. The shift is most striking in the Anglo-American academies of thought, where strict forms of empiricism have reigned.
  2. Bach was a father of the Baroque, the waning age of myth and mysticism; Frederick was a son of the Enlightenment, the dawning epoch of empiricism and reason.
  3. Basic empiricism is something the right has ditched.


  • Robert W. Fogel, Nobel-laureate economist, dies at 86

    NEW YORK — Robert W. Fogel — a Nobel-laureate economist whose number-crunching empiricism upended established thinking, most provocatively about the economics of slavery — died Tuesday in Oak Lawn, Ill. He was 86.        
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Boston Globe

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