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Synonyms for rationalism

(philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge is acquired by reason without resort to experience

the theological doctrine that human reason rather than divine revelation establishes religious truth

the doctrine that reason is the right basis for regulating conduct

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The most foundational principle of Leibniz's rationalism for Schepers is the Principle of Sufficient Reasons (which, particularly since Heidegger, has a different ring to it in the German rendering, der Satz vom Grand).
The hard reality is that, under the Great Alliance, legal rationalism now survives as punctuated reformism, as consequentialism, and as a norm of performative critical discourse; and legal historicism survives as traditionalism, xenophobia, and precautionary prudence.
Much as Minogue notes the receding emphasis on rationalism, Smith remarks on the shift, acknowledged by Oakeshott himself, away from the countervailing notion of tradition.
Through these chapters, Bennett traces "the waxing and waning of rationalism and empiricism in key historical moments" (25).
Finally, as Callahan points out, since rationalism is a mistaken description of human knowledge and its relation to human activity, it is also an impossible way of acting, politically or in any other sphere.
Melamed unflinchingly articulates what he rightly sees as the anti-ethical implications of Spinoza's rationalism.
We could then say that rationalism is an attitude of readiness to listen to critical arguments and to learn from experience.
He shows how a Scholastic rationalism, even a lively form of Socratic dialogue and debate, formed the center of the curriculum.
Mr Karunanidhi on Sunday sought to turn the tables on Ms Jayalalithaa questioning his rationalism in having the budget presented at 1030 hrs and said it was she who had deferred hoisting of the national flag citing the inauspicious 'Rahu Kalam' during her regime.
In the context of the epistemology of modality, an epistemic conception of the distinction between rationalism and empiricism is of primary concern.
Susan Jacoby focuses sharply on what she sees as the turn against rationalism and intellectualism occurring in the United States that has left the population unable to distinguish between fact and opinion.
On the other hand, there are the Hugenot wars, conflict among Protestants and Eastern Orthodox, and the rise of Enlightenment rationalism.
Tresserra, who designs everything from shelving to lamps, relies on a "subtle balancing of characteristics that exploits this century's best design especially art deco and rationalism," according to the company.
He points to the Enlightenment legacy of critical consciousness with its three "moments" of emancipation, self-reflexivity, and universalizing rationalism (pp.
Reacting to Nicolas Sarkozy's victory in the second round of the French presidential elections on 6 May, the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, noted that Sarkozy is aware of the need for change, particularly in terms of European policy, and would be "satisfied if it were a trend towards rationalism and a realistic position which are close to our current foreign policy".