Dave Robinson

Introducing Empiricism

Our knowledge comes primarily from experience — what our senses tell us. But is experience really what it seems?

The experimental breakthroughs in 17th-century science of Kepler, Galileo and Newton informed the great British empiricist tradition, which accepts a ‘common-sense’ view of the world — and yet concludes that all we can ever know are ‘ideas’.

Dave Robinson, with the aid of Bill Mayblin’s brilliant illustrations, outlines the arguments of Locke, Berkeley, Hume, J.S. Mill, Bertrand Russell and the last British empiricist, A.J. Ayer. They also explore criticisms of empiricism in the work of Kant, Wittgenstein, Karl Popper and others, providing a unique overview of this compelling area of philosophy.
304 printed pages
Original publication



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    9i329382739213u81has quoted4 years ago
    we never experience the world directl
    9i329382739213u81has quoted4 years ago
    observing many instances of the same phenomena (all sorts of bees make honey), we are able to draw probable conclusions (all bees make honey) and make predictions (these bees will make honey next year), and even emerge with explanatory theories for why things behave as they do (bees make honey in order to survive the winter months).
    9i329382739213u81has quoted4 years ago
    drawing conclusions from the evidence

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