Definitions of sensationalism
n the journalistic use of subject matter that appeals to vulgar tastes
n (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience
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the predominant philosophical tradition in Great Britain since the 17th century
an empirical doctrine that advocates experimental principles
logical positivism, positivism
the form of empiricism that bases all knowledge on perceptual experience (not on intuition or revelation)
Auguste Comte's positivistic philosophy that metaphysics and theology should be replaced by a hierarchy of sciences from mathematics at the base to sociology at the top