from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who maintains the doctrines of the Positive philosophy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A believer in positivism.

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  • noun A believer in positivism.

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  • adjective of or relating to positivism
  • noun someone who emphasizes observable facts and excludes metaphysical speculation about origins or ultimate causes


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  • a more typically Latin American positivist, believing that authoritarianism could be justified if it were a vehicle to bring about progress.


  • To twentieth philosophy, Mach is best known as a positivist who influenced Logical Positivism, a philosopher of physics who influenced Einstein, and an empiricist who denied the reality of atoms.

    Ernst Mach

  • We know that he founded a so-called positivist religion, which still has a few followers.

    The Psychology of Revolution

  • In an online description of his work of 13 years in Brazil, Mr. Heckenberger says that it "requires a commitment to holistic and deeply contextual research and interpretation" and "is not framed in opposition to 'positivist' viewpoints, whether evolutionist or functionalist."

    The Endless Allure of El Dorado

  • Many of us agree that "positivist" social science isn't a good idea.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • Many of us agree that "positivist" social science isn't a good idea.

    Components of positivism

  • Classifying things as being 'positivist' or whatever else is reductive, each point and proposed policy needs to be judged on its own merits.

    Can Scientific Ideas Come Prematurely? - The Austrian Economists

  • It's not of chief importance here, but Fodor is no positivist, if by 'positivist' you are referring to the 'logical positivists' of the early 20th century, a la Popper, Carnap, etc., and their 'verificationist' program in philosophy.

    ATITD Tests Psychological Origins of Play

  • Also, I'm not sure how I see the example you give as being particularly 'positivist'.

    ATITD Tests Psychological Origins of Play

  • Is he not saying something a little along these lines himself, when he writes that once a science enters the "positivist" stage "there is no longer any question of classifying information about the world in a manner consonant with the nature of things"?

    'The Scientific Takeover'


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