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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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Although Conway fits solidly within the Rationalist tradition, Duran suggests that her thought, with its concern for interrelatedness, shows "gynocentric patterns.
Of course liberalism was an heir to the whole rationalist tradition in politics that shaped the European tradition.
On a different tack, the views of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz, co-inventor of calculus and one of the greatest geniuses of the 17th and 18th centuries, represents the rationalist tradition and the supremacy of reason.