What Does Positivist Mean?


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Positivist means someone who believes in the positive philosophy or the positive doctrine. Positivism roots in the belief that one has to go by observable facts and keep out metaphysical assumptions about origins or eventual causes.

A positivist believes in empiricism or the fact that real knowledge is attained only by experiencing something by using one's senses. A positivist will always tell you that he or she bases her knowledge on the basis of perceptual experience rather than intuition. The philosophy developed by Auguste Comte delves in the emphasis of scientific outlook rather than leaving things to metaphysical speculation. A positivist is certain about things only when he sees it through his own eyes. "What you see is what you know" is the catch-line of every positivist.

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