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empiricism

empiricism  

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The permanent strand in philosophy that attempts to tie knowledge to experience. Experience is thought of either as the sensory contents of consciousness, or as whatever is expressed in some ...
gestalt

gestalt  

The perception of a pattern or structure as a whole, not as a sum of its constituent parts. The German Gestalt means ‘form’ or ‘shape’. See also jizz.
myth of the given

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Stephen Priest

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2 ed.)

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2005
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Expression introduced by Wilfred Sellars to suggest there is no uninterpreted content of experience that is foundational in epistemology: e.g. ...

observation

observation  

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The record of the measurement or assessment of a particular meteorological variable obtained at a specific time. A weather report consists of the complete set of observations for a particular station.
perception

perception  

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The interpretation of sensory information using both the raw data detected by the senses and previous experience. Compare sensation.
self-evident

self-evident  

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Not a very useful philosophical term, since what is evident by itself to one person, may not be so to another. See also a priori/a posteriori, myth of the given.
theory-laden

theory-laden  

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A statement is theory-laden if its terms only make sense in the light of a set of theoretical principles. The judgement that an electron has been emitted, for example, would be more heavily ...

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