'Empiricism' Chapter

Empiricism

Empiricism is a theory of knowledge that holds that knowledge (either exclusively or primarily) comes from sensory experience, and that discovery is accomplished through experimentation. Assisted sensory experience is acceptable in empiricism and relies on there being no observer effect.

In order to compete with religion for the favor of the powers that be, empiricism had to promise a vision of the future more attractive than what religion offered. So we have “progress.”

“Experience seems to most of us to lead to conclusions, but empiricism has sworn never to draw them.” George Santayana (1863-1952)

“Even as empiricism is winning the mind, transcendentalism continues to win the heart.” Edward O. Wilson

Experimentation for Knowledge

Today we are talking about the metaphysics of empiricism. I tend to range rather far afield in classes, so I will try to remain more on topic. Empiricism is a theory of knowledge that holds that knowledge (either exclusively or… Seek More

Branch of Epistemology

The principles guiding pursuit of empirical knowledge are themselves not truly empirical. There has to be a subjective handle put on all this objective knowledge. They have to guide the behavior of researchers to preserve the veridical integrity (truthfulness). You… Seek More

Process Leading to Empiricism

Shall we begin the critique? I had a hard time keeping away from it. We see in the history of empiricism the same human drama that played out in previous religious conflicts, the notion that a greater ideal or noble… Seek More

Progress

In order to compete with religion for the favor of the powers that be, empiricism had to promise a vision of the future more attractive than what religion offered. So we have “progress.” Or just plain out tell the natives… Seek More

Delete Belief?

The world of the subjective hasn’t gone away. If empiricism was the genuine truth and full basis of knowledge, then why hasn’t the subjective gone by the wayside? There are those who try for that. What are they like? According… Seek More

Humanity Hopping

There is a new study about babies and morality and knowing good from not good. Ah indeed. Yes, babies have been shown to have values even in the preverbal stage, but these have no basis in knowledge according to the… Seek More

Cultivate the Subjective

The subjective is not a character defect, no more than a fishes inability to breath air is a character defect. So since we can’t rid ourselves of the subjective, why not cultivate it? A great many scientific discoveries came from… Seek More