verification/verifiability principle

verification/verifiability principle
   The central principle of logical positivism, the verification principle states that the meaning of non-analytic statements is found in their conditions of verification. On this view, all non-analytical statements that do not have verification conditions are deemed meaningless, including all statements of metaphysics, ethics, aesthetics and theology. The principle was eventually abandoned for a number of reasons including the problem of self-reference: that is, it could not itself be verified, and thus failed on its own terms to be meaningful. Further, philosophers of science now recognise that many scientific postulates cannot be directly verified (or falsified) and are instead abandoned when they become explanatorily degenerative.
   Further reading: Ayer 2001; Ayer 2004; Hanfling 1981; Popper 1996

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