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In philosophy, empiricism is the view that knowledge can be derived only from sense experience. Modern empiricism, fundamentally opposed to the rationalism that derived knowledge by deduction from principles known as a priori, was developed in the philosophies of Locke, Berkeley, and Hume. Other thinkers in the "British empiricist tradition" include John Stuart Mill and the Americans John Dewey and William James.

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