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Objectivists talk about the virtue of rationality but frown at the virtue of rationalism. I find this confusing. Can someone explain this?

asked Sep 27 '10 at 10:34

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retagged Sep 27 '10 at 19:09

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Without knowledge of the history of philosophy, one might attempt to define rationalism as "the view that reason is man's sole means of knowledge." As stated, this is a correct viewpoint. But historically, the term "rationalism" has been used to denote the view that reason independent of experience is man's sole means of knowledge. Objectivism, on the other hand, maintains that experience is essential to reason; it defines "reason" as the faculty that identifies and integrates the material provided by man's senses.

answered Sep 27 '10 at 15:41

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edited Sep 28 '10 at 13:44

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