Empiricism

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Empiricism views observation and experience as the bases of the formation of knowledge.

  • The processes of doing research and forming knowledge are guided by sensory perceptions of the researched phenomenon, and generalisation of knowledge obtained through observations and experiences.
  • You can apply the acquired knowledge to other phenomena.
  • Throughout the history of science, variations of empiricism have developed.

Empiricism and rationalism are fundamental principles of the philosophy of science.  

Links to more information:

Markie, Peter, 2008. Rationalism vs. Empiricism. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2008 Edition).

Empiricism. New World Encyclopedia.

Empiricism. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Ward, Teddy. Empiricism. East Carolina University.

See what is written in Strategies on empirical research.