Thursday, December 06, 2007

Rationalist - HASSNERS

HASSNERS 6th Statement


HASSNERS - truth can be discovered by reason.

updated September 2009


A Rationalist (wikipedia) is someone who believes in Rationalism. A Rationalist believes that "the criterion of truth is not sensory but intellectual and deductive."

Famous Rationalists include Plato, Socrates, Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza and Kant.

Rationalists believe "that reason has precedence over other ways of acquiring knowledge" or even "that Rationalism is the unique path to knowledge".

Rationalism is often contrasted with empiricism. Empiricism holds that ideas come to us through experience, either through the five external senses or through such inner sensations as pain and pleasure, and thus that knowledge is essentially based on or derived from experience. Rationalism & empiricism are not mutually exclusive - you can be both a rationalist and an empiricist.

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