rationalism: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (rash'u-nl-iz"um), [key]
- the principle or habit of accepting reason as the supreme authority in matters of opinion, belief, or conduct.
- 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.
- the doctrine that human reason, unaided by divine revelation, is an adequate or the sole guide to all attainable religious truth.
- (often cap.)
- 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. Cf.functionalism(def. 1).
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