As the Australian philosopher David Stove explained in Popper and After: Four Modern Irrationalists
(1982),(1) Lakatos puts quotation marks around words like "show" "facts" "discovered" and "proof" so often that it is impossible for the reader to know when, or if, he thinks knowledge ever advances.
However this is not to embrace some kind of irrationalist
doctrine, any more than Penrose adopts such a view when he takes it (on the evidence of Godel's incompleteness theorem) that there exist mathematical truths and powers of human insight "beyond formal argument and beyond computable procedures.
Perhaps the most important section of the work is the Epilogue, for in this part he provides a strong argument against any irrationalist
approach to the analysis of ideology.
Not Necessarily the New Age doesn't solve all the problems of modem skepticism, but it does broaden their project beyond debunking and begins to examine the social background of today's irrationalist
In relation to the latter, though Westphal is right with respect to the kind of contradiction lying at the heart of Christian faith, a contradiction it remains - an "offense to reason" - and all the twisting and turning in the world cannot dislodge the fact that at some level and in some important sense Kierkegaard (or at least Climacus) is an irrationalist
There are general comments about the shift to collectivism and a wonderful section on the growing recourse of governments to irrationalist
appeals and "the invention of tradition," that is, the use of orchestrated public rituals, monarchical spectacles and patriotic symbolism (flags, anthems, etc.
And it is precisely the irrationalist
view held by Weber of values as demagogues and demons that supports dogmatic attachment to values.
He seems to have loved irrationalist
phrases such as "magical remedy" and "magical attraction" (zauberischen Reiz, which he used of a strong homophile attraction to Fleischl).
Critique: A historical fiction whodunnit based on the storied life and death of master mathematician Rene Descartes (1596-1650), The Irrationalist
draws the reader into the world of the 17th century (in the middle of the Thirty Years War, no less).
Thus, Halevi's ethnocentric irrationalist
views did not affect his attitude towards women in general and women prophets in particular, which remained stereotypically negative.
and "antihumanist" self are in direct
By no means an irrationalist
, Huizinga tended to disparage traditional categories of causality and scientific reasoning in history as overly restrictive and in the process implicitly criticized the assumptions of academic history.
To Mann, the German past represented an irrationalist
narrative that repudiated reason and whose mental attitude rejected freedom, justice, culture, optimism, and a faith in progress.
Among the topics are irrationalism and antisemitism in late-tsarist literature, the philosophical sources and nature of Dostoevskii's anti-rationalism, irrational elements in Ivan Bunin's short story "The Grammar of Love," irrationalist
aspects in Russian art from Fedotov to Malevich and into the beyond, and Vladimir Sorokin and the return of history.
is the whole duty of man, an irrationalist
epidemic if it ran