logical positivism

noun

: 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

logical positivist noun

Word History

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of logical positivism was in 1931

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“Logical positivism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/logical%20positivism. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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