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irrationalism

(ĭ-răsh′ə-nə-lĭz′əm)
n.
1. Irrational thought, expression, or behavior; irrationality.
2. Belief in feeling, instinct, or other nonrational forces rather than reason.
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As a consequence, as soon as the irrationalists point out the limit of the comprehensive rationality by making use of argument, the comprehensive rationalism gets defeated by its own chosen weapon, argument.
Yet his greatest polemical work in this area, Popper and After: Four Modern Irrationalists, still has something of a cult following (and was recently re-released under the title Anything Goes: Origins of the Cult of Scientific Irrationalism).
The awkwardness he provokes is indicative of the difficulty Raley finds in his attempt to set Marias and Ortega apart from both rationalists and irrationalists without seeming to turn this distinction into one based on prescriptive belief.
In the course of the novel Torless finds both the explanations of the rationalists and the irrationalists wanting.
The title of one of my own popular books, An Urchin in the Storm, invokes this image of an unfazed evolutionist fending off the slings and arrows of outrageous opposition from creationists, new-agers, demagogues, and other motley philistines and irrationalists from the persistent tradition of American anti-intellectualism.
But well-compensated irrationalists who hook children on nicotine, promote rapists as sports heroes or sell tanks to fanatics never appear on his specimen tray of emotional morons.
Thus contemporary irrationalists frequently support their case by his dictum that ,experience not logic is the life of the law.
Now, they are described as irrationalists and anarchists.
Perhaps the nearest he comes to finding an enemy with whom to disagree and against whom to argue is in those irrationalists who claim, absurdly, that science is merely one socially constructed discourse among others, such that there is nothing to distinguish--as far as their truth claims are concerned--alchemy from chemistry and astrology from astronomy.