Definition of positivist in US English:


noun & adjective

  • See positivism

    • ‘I don't think I am doing him an injustice if I say that epistemologically he was essentially a logicist and positivist.’
    • ‘For the Viennese positivists, Heidegger's work is the return to a reactionary, anti-scientific metaphysics, which is allied politically to pan-Germanic aspirations.’
    • ‘In particular, his ‘mentalism’, that beliefs about one's own current mental state are epistemologically basic, went essentially unchallenged by the empiricists and positivists, until this century.’
    • ‘Logical positivists denied the soundness of metaphysics and traditional philosophy; they asserted that many philosophical problems are indeed meaningless.’
    • ‘Heidegger doesn't even differ from the empiricists and positivists in thinking that it was the wrong idea.’