Definitions for: Rationalism


[n] the doctrine that reason is the right basis for regulating conduct
[n] the doctrine that knowledge is acquired by reason without resort to experience
[n] the theological doctrine that human reason rather than divine revelation establishes religious truth



Webster (1913) Definition: Ra"tion*al*ism, n. [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.

Synonyms: freethinking

See Also: deism, doctrine, free thought, ism, philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory, philosophy, school of thought, theological doctrine

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