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I. Philosophy

The term rationalism is used in philosophy in a wider and a narrower sense. In its wider sense, it stands for all those antiskeptical positions (Skepticism: I) in the theory of being and its epistemology that see the only reliable source of certain knowledge not in sensory perception but in the activity of ratio, reason (I). The paradigm for reasoning activity that guarantees certainty (I)…

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Fricke, Christel, Steiger, Johann Anselm and Veltri, Giuseppe, “Rationalism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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