Positivism is a filosofical theory statin that positive knawledge is based on naitural phenomena an their properties an relations. Sicweys, information derived frae sensory experience, interpretit throu raison an logic, forms the exclusive soorce o aw authoritative knawledge.[1] Positivism haulds that valid knawledge (certitude or truth) is foond anly in this derived knawledge.[2]


  1. John J. Macionis, Linda M. Gerber, Sociology, Seventh Canadian Edition, Pearson Canada
  2. Jorge Larrain (1979) The Concept of Ideology p.197, quotation:

    one of the features of positivism is precisely its postulate that scientific knowledge is the paradigm of valid knowledge, a postulate that indeed is never proved nor intended to be proved.