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  • n  someone who emphasizes observable facts and excludes metaphysical speculation about origins or ultimate causes
  • a  of or relating to positivism
    positivist thinkers
    positivist doctrine

  • Auguste Comte (1798-1857), French positivist philosopher: "What an irreparable loss!" Hart Crane (1899-1932), poet, as he jumped into the sea: "Goodbye, every body!".
  • Along with the positivist decline has come a revival of the pre-Gnostic views of the world, Mortimer Adler and others have made much more visible the body of Catholic scholastic .
  • Picking the bones of an old positivist like Comte! At the very least he got off the ground floor with his classification of thought into theological, metaphysical and positivist .
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  • Canelli: Thankful to fill another mother's shoes
    I’d like to believe that my great days always outnumber the bad. I’m far from a Pollyanna who sees the world through the rosiest of glasses, but I’d like to think I am a positivist. Once in a while, I tumble out of the wrong side of the bed but I’m ordinarily thankful I have a comfy one to slumber in. Every so often I have a bee in my bonnet about my husband’s quirks or kick up a fuss about one ...
    July 6, 2013 - Norwood Bulletin

  • Mike Leigh in The Jewish Journal of greater L.A
    These philosophies are characterized by their positivist - and therefore anti-metaphysical - character, so that ultimately there is no place for God in them. They are based on a self-limitation of the positive reason that is adequate in the... Pope Benedict XVI http://www.google.com/url?q=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Benedict_XVI&source=dictionary&usg=AFQjCNG46bW2RwVceLegHVO52x6Mpv_pVg Lifesite http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/jul/08071407.html&source=dictionary&usg=AFQjCNGQBrz8snPpwmGm21XkNeEUP-LtBg Jul 14, 2008 76260 103031 positivist She is an optimistic character, but more importantly, she is a 'positivist,'" Leigh explains. "Poppy is someone who looks things in the eye, who deals with difficult matters as they arise, who is open and nonjudgmental. She cares and is...

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