- the doctrine that reason alone is a source of knowledge and is independent of experience.
- (in the philosophies of Descartes, Spinoza, etc.) the doctrine that all knowledge is expressible in self-evident propositions or their consequences.
- a design movement principally of the mid-19th century that emphasized the development of modern ornament integrated with structure and the decorative use of materials and textures rather than as added adornment.
- the doctrines and practices of this movement.Compare functionalism(def 1).
Origin of rationalism
Related Words for rationalistdoubter, questioner, agnostic, pessimist, dissenter, cynic, infidel, misanthrope, unbeliever, atheist, heretic, apostate, nihilist, heathen, freethinker, pagan, materialist, scoffer, naturalist, nonbeliever
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Contemporary Examples of rationalist
From the outset, the idea that the rationalist, centrist, administration would pursue this path seemed fanciful.Obama Brinksmanship Puts GOP in Tough Spot on Debt Ceiling
January 14, 2013
Historical Examples of rationalist
Evidently he was less familiar with the opinions of The Rationalist than he had thought.All Roads Lead to Calvary
Jerome K. Jerome
They have all which the rationalist appeals to as his tests of right and wrong.The Way of All Flesh
In the early years of his London life, Mill had been only a rationalist.The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)
I had left the temple a devotee, and was returned a rationalist.The Town
There isn't a rationalist in London that could shake the man's belief.A Lost Cause
Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
- the doctrine that knowledge about reality can be obtained by reason alone without recourse to experience
- the doctrine that human knowledge can all be encompassed within a single, usually deductive, system
- the school of philosophy initiated by Descartes which held both the above doctrines