rationalism

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Rationalism \Ra"tion*al*ism\ (r[a^]sh"[u^]n*al*[i^]z'm), noun [Cf. F. rationalisme.]

1. (Theol.) The doctrine or system of those who deduce their religious opinions from reason or the understanding, as distinct from, or opposed to, revelation.

2. (Philos.) The system that makes rational power the ultimate test of truth; -- opposed to sensualism, or sensationalism, and empiricism. --Fleming.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

rationalism

noun

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

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

3: the doctrine that reason is the right basis for regulating conduct [syn: {rationalism}, {freethinking}]


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