- Positivism is the state of being certain or very confident of something.
An example of positivism is a Christian being absolutely certain there is a God.
positivism definition by Webster's New World
- the quality or state of being positive; certainty; assurance
- overconfidence or dogmatism
- a system of philosophy basing knowledge solely on data of sense experience; esp., a system of philosophy, originated by Auguste Comte, based solely on observable, scientific facts and their relations to each other: it rejects speculation about or search for ultimate origins
Origin: French positivisme ; from positif
positivism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Philosophy a. A doctrine contending that sense perceptions are the only admissible basis of human knowledge and precise thought.b. The application of this doctrine in logic, epistemology, and ethics.c. The system of Auguste Comte designed to supersede theology and metaphysics and depending on a hierarchy of the sciences, beginning with mathematics and culminating in sociology.d. Any of several doctrines or viewpoints, often similar to Comte's, that stress attention to actual practice over consideration of what is ideal: “Positivism became the ‘scientific’ base for authoritarian politics, especially in Mexico and Brazil” (Raymond Carr).
- The state or quality of being positive.
- posˈi·tiv·ist, posˌi·tiv·isˈtic adjective
- posˈi·tiv·ist noun
positivism - Cultural Definition
An approach to philosophy frequently found in the twentieth century. Positivists usually hold that all meaningful statements must be either logical inferences or sense descriptions, and they usually argue that the statements found in metaphysics, such as “Human beings are free” or “Human beings are not free,” are meaningless because they cannot possibly be verified by the senses.
positivism - Legal Definition