Definition of observationalism in English:

observationalism

noun

Philosophy
  • The theory that all knowledge is based on observation. Also: the belief that observation, rather than theory, is the basis of science. In recent use in the arts, and especially in film: a strictly factual and descriptive approach to documentary narrative.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Henry Calderwood (1830–1897), philosopher. From observational + -ism.

Pronunciation

observationalism

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