Discipline: Philosophy

Also called sensationism, it is associated with Ernst Mach (1838-1916) and various other empiricists of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries.

Either the theory that only sensations exist in what appears to be the material world, everything else being constructed by the methods of phenomenalism; or the theory that all our knowledge must start with sensations, which are free from interpretation and judgment, and about which there is no room for error, the rest of our knowledge being derived from this by inference or by hypotheses which are confirmed by further sensations.

P Alexander, Sensationalism and Scientific Explanation (1963)


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