Negativism & Positivism

Posted: December 16, 2011 in Definitions
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negativism |ˈnegətivˌizəm|
noun

  1. A habitual attitude of skepticism or resistance to the suggestions, orders, or instructions of others.
  2. Behavior characterized by persistent refusal, without apparent or logical reasons, to act on or carry out suggestions, orders, or instructions of others.

positivism |ˈpäzətivˌizəm; ˈpäztiv-|
noun

  1. The theory that laws are to be understood as social rules, valid because they are enacted by authority or derive logically from existing decisions, and that ideal or moral considerations (e.g., that a rule is unjust) should not limit the scope or operation of the law.
  2. The state or quality of being positive : in this age of illogical positivism, no one wants to sound negative.

 

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