What is a positivist paradigm?


A positivist paradigm is the school of thought that ideas and objects exist outside the knowledge of an individual. These concepts can be learned, tested and verified through scientific means. Positivism is a philosophical concept supported by Descartes, Comte and Galileo.

Positivist paradigms are based on the concept that reality is a construct of thoughts and experiences that surround a person. This philosophical outlook is not related to positivity in the sense of good emotions and feelings but is linked to positivism, the idea that all reality is testable through science and math in order to posit an empirical existence for reality.

Positivist paradigms include determinism, validity and generalization. These concepts allow people to conclude with complete certainty the way the world works and the truths within it. Testing and verifying information and experiences is the best way for positivists to gain confidence in a concept. Forming hypotheses and conducting ongoing tests and inspections of even proven ideas is essential for reinforcing positivism and proving that a conclusion is worth supporting.

Positivism is a popular societal litmus for determining whether a state is healthy. This school of thought allows for strong controls to help make testing and theorization easier to verify.

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