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rationalism

A general term for the group of philosophic schools that reject received or authoritarian wisdom and dogmatic religion and hold that knowledge is to be obtained only from observation and the application of logic to data so derived. Rationalism does not necessarily exclude religious beliefs, but tends to do so.
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While Mueller and Stewart--to their credit--are cognizant of this dichotomy, they tend to downplay some of the real-world policymaking considerations states engage in for the sake of strengthening the rationalistic cost-benefit arguments presented in the book.
Rawls' funda-mental problem is his underlying rationalistic, Enlightenment belief that man is essentially good and will, through self-respect, ascend to higher moral goals, choose proper societal principles, and be able to put them into practice nationally and internationally.
It is, in this regard, inevitably political, with the Freudian conception of the psyche offering, on the one hand, a more 'unbounded and natural instinct against which civilized independence must be defended' (p258) and, on the other, a determining law completing the rational account of human behavior and thus buttressing a rationalistic image of the ego.
As a preliminary effort to temper excessively rationalistic narratives, however, Rosen has provided a valuable contribution and corrective to much political theory.
Further, Oakeshott's critique of ideological or rationalistic politics makes him an unlikely source of inspiration to a people whose entire political tradition has been informed by that style of political discourse.
Whether one is rationalistic about it or not, it is no longer possible to distinguish between the correct course and the mistaken one.
Some of the best pages in this skillfully constructed novel are devoted to the recurring debates over the wisdom or folly of Waldemar's project (while the verbal jousting is often metonymically associated with the silent struggles of chess games) between the fervently religious pastor and his warily rationalistic brother-in-law, the local schoolteacher.
Throughout the book, McDowell seeks to refine his explanation as to how we can frame such an intertwinement of the mind with things in a way that resists 'a rationalistic conception of the intellect .
In this vein, Feldman concludes: Gersonides' way from the theory of creation to the "ethics of belief" defines his place in the rationalistic tradition as a precursor of Kant and Hermann Cohen.
Turkey is displaying a kindness as well as a rationalistic policy even by accepting to give shelter to Syrian citizens escaped from their country, said Westerwelle, adding that Turkey was giving an important signal to Syria.
At times, what is presented here is a rationalistic, almost evidentialistic, view of Polkinghorne.
The "story of Islamic philosophy" argues Bashier (Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel), is the story of the move from a rationalistic phase through to a recognition of the limits of the rational faculty and openness to mystical illumination, or liminal philosophy.