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Empiricism
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1. Definition

The philosophical approach of empiricism – in contrast to rationalism – assumes that knowledge is acquired by through experience and hence through the human senses (Epistemology). It is closely associated historically with the development of the experimental method (Experiment), in which knowledge is the result of a specially developed, specific practical procedures; this method h…

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Henry, John, “Empiricism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 26 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018747>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626



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