Definition of empirical philosophy in US English:

empirical philosophy


  • 1The pursuit of scientific knowledge by means of observation and experiment rather than theoretical analysis or speculation (now rare and historical); compare "empiricism".

  • 2An approach to philosophy based on the belief that sense experience rather than abstract reason is the foundation of all knowledge of reality.


Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Peter Shaw (1694–1763), physician and author.