Positivism vs Optimism - What's the difference?

positivism | optimism |


As nouns the difference between positivism and optimism

is that positivism is (philosophy) a doctrine that states that the only authentic knowledge is scientific knowledge, and that such knowledge can only come from positive affirmation of theories through strict scientific method, refusing every form of metaphysics while optimism is a tendency to expect the best, or at least, a favourable outcome.

positivism

English

(wikipedia positivism) (legal positivism)

Noun

  • (philosophy) A doctrine that states that the only authentic knowledge is scientific knowledge, and that such knowledge can only come from positive affirmation of theories through strict scientific method, refusing every form of metaphysics.
  • Practical spirit, sense of reality, concreteness.
  • (legal) A school of thought in jurisprudence in which the law is seen as separated from moral values, the law is posited by lawmakers (humans).
  • Antonyms

    * (in philosophy) antipositivism

    Derived terms

    * logical positivism * legal positivism * neopositivism

    optimism

    English

    Noun

    (en-noun) (wikipedia optimism)
  • a tendency to expect the best, or at least, a favourable outcome
  • I love her youth, her beauty and above all her optimism that everything will turn out fine.
  • the doctrine that this world is the best of all possible worlds
  • the belief that good will eventually triumph over evil
  • Antonyms

    * pessimism

    Derived terms

    * optimist