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Assertions and Truth

1. The fifteenth-century Renaissance effected a completely new orientation of the sciences. The manner of thinking appeared that was typical of the sixteenth century: rationalism. Here, it was the philosophy of René Descartes (1596–1650) that founded a new form of thought and made it the standard of the sciences. As Descartes demonstrated in his Discours de la Méthode (Fr. “Discussion of Method”; 1637), reason was no longer satisfie…

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Grätzel, Stephan, “Rationalism/Irrationalism”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 04 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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