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1. Meaning. Rationalism is a self-understanding of the spirit which defines itself on the one hand by the positive content of its spiritual existence, and on the other hand, by the type of reflection in which conscious being gives an account of itself. In the latter sense, the rationalistic mentality, the temper of a whole epoch, is characterized by the effort to reduce the whole spiritual being to concepts in a conclusive and perspicuous coherence — as Wittgenstein said, whatever can be said at …

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Konrad Hecker, “Rationalism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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