Agnostic empiricists claim that all knowledge is based on sense-experience. This includes knowledge drawn from such sense-experience put into writing. What is experienced, of course, is information that the human brain organizes (puts into order). This is in contrast to the claim that knowledge may be derived from reason independently of the senses.
This stands opposed to the claim by Britain's Bishop Berkeley (1685-1753) that God fills in for humans by doing the perceiving whenever humans are not around to do it.
Agnostic empiricism does not accept the claim that writing drawn from ancient storytelling is authoritative knowledge. It stands opposed to the idea that intuition and emotions can be a source of real knowledge (rather than wishful thinking).
It rejects the idea that defining a god (or a unicorn) produces knowledge of its existence.
Agnostic empiricists accept the empiricism of William James or John Dewey.
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