- 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).
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Example sentences from the Web for rationalism
In the first place, he gave an impulse to rationalistic inquiries in Germany; and many there are who think this was a good thing.Beacon Lights of History, Volume VIII|John Lord
But advanced views about the Bible were not the main feature of the rationalistic movement.History of the Moravian Church|J. E. Hutton
He was the first great representative of the modern secular and rationalistic spirit.The Necessity of Atheism|Dr. D.M. Brooks
His reason for condemning the physical sciences as logically imperfect is that they fail to conform to this rationalistic ideal.A Commentary to Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason'|Norman Kemp Smith
Maurice is now one of the most influential of the Rationalistic teachers of England.
British Dictionary definitions for rationalism
- 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