logical positivism


Definition of logical positivism

: a 20th century philosophical movement holding that all meaningful statements are either analytic or conclusively verifiable or at least confirmable by observation and experiment and that metaphysical theories are therefore strictly meaningless

called also logical empiricism

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logical positivist noun

First Known Use of logical positivism

1931, in the meaning defined above

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“Logical positivism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logical%20positivism. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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