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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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The FSL has found evidence that bullets fired at all the three rationalists had left similar marks.
Given its epistemological associations, the term rationalist is perhaps an unfortunate choice; "cosmopolitan" might have been better.
John Murphy, president of the Association of Rationalists and Humanists, said there were several reasons that the law should be repealed.
One theme that emerges from the volume is that a broader approach to the rationalists reveals that they have much in common with apparently non-rationalist philosophers.
Rationalists claim that prices and markets are always correct, and there is no need for government to control any part of a rational, efficient market.
But why are rationalists afraid or unwilling to accept these facts and experiences as evidence that perhaps, just perhaps, there's something beyond the mind, beyond science, beyond reason?
Rationalist accounts of modal epistemology entail that at least some modal knowledge is essentially a priori.
This resulted in two groups of therapists that were substantially different in their epistemological commitments; those who were more strongly committed to rationalist epistemic beliefs were designated as rationalists, whereas those who were more strongly committed to constructivist epistemic beliefs were designated as constructivists.
Thus it is perfectly legitimate that rationalists criticize, even severely criticize, religion, whether it is a question of religion in general or of a particular religion.
Professor Narinder Nayak, president of the Federation of Indian Rationalists Association, will give a lecture called Exposing Miracles between 4pm and 7pm on Sunday at Rookery Road Junior School in Handsworth.
As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny 'failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions.
Thus I have often found that even rationalists are sometimes as dogmatic as theists.