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apriorism

[ey-prahy-awr-iz-uh m, -ohr-, ey-pree-, ah-pree-] /ˌeɪ praɪˈɔr ɪz əm, -ˈoʊr-, ˌeɪ pri-, ˌɑ pri-/
noun, Philosophy
1.
belief in, or reliance upon, a priori reasoning, arguments, or principles.
Origin of apriorism
1870-1875
1870-75; probably translation of Dutch apriorisme. See a priori, -ism
Related forms
apriorist, noun
aprioristic
[ey-prahy-uh-ris-tik] /eɪˌpraɪ əˈrɪs tɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
aprioristically, adverb
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  • Moreover, apriorism has not escaped from the empirical doubt about the future.

    Pragmatism D.L. Murray
  • Empiricism has never succeeded in accounting for this apriorism and necessity.

  • It is comparatively easy at the present time in moral theory to slam both hedonism and apriorism.

  • If a third explanation can be thought of, it will not follow that apriorism is true.

    Pragmatism D.L. Murray
  • But does it follow from the failure of empiricism that apriorism is true?

    Pragmatism D.L. Murray
  • apriorism and skepticism define the great difference in the attitude toward the witness.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
British Dictionary definitions for apriorism

apriorism

/eɪˈpraɪəˌrɪzəm/
noun
1.
the philosophical doctrine that there may be genuine knowledge independent of experience Compare rationalism (sense 2), sensationalism (sense 3)
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