em·pir·i·cism /ɪmˈpɪrəˌsɪzəm, ɛm-/
em·pir·i·cism /ɪmˈpɪrəˌsɪzəm, ɛm-/ 名詞
1. The method or practice of an empiric; pursuit of knowledge by observation and experiment.
2. Specifically, a practice of medicine founded on mere experience, without the aid of science or a knowledge of principles; ignorant and unscientific practice; charlatanry; quackery.
3. Metaph. The philosophical theory which attributes the origin of all our knowledge to experience.
n 1: (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge derives from
experience [syn: empiricist philosophy, sensationalism]
2: the application of empirical methods in any art or science
3: medical practice and advice based on observation and
experience in ignorance of scientific findings [syn: quackery]