Related to suprarational: a l'anglaise


(Philosophy) higher than reason


(ˌsu prəˈræʃ ə nl)

not understandable by reason alone; beyond rational comprehension.
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Recognizing that humanity did not start with civilization and was not primarily social at the outset highlights the tenuous nature of freedom--the degree of violence in nature, the difficulty of containing it, and its possible reemergence absent suprarational moral restrictions.
69) Regarding the civil-rights movement, King similarly concluded that, "whatever name people gave to the suprarational force of the cause, there was an extra-human force at work that created a harmony out of the discord of the universe.
I listen to the voices and appeals comprising that symphony of Being--which is, for me, in the final analysis, a suprarational unity beyond images, words, and concepts.
Resisting earlier narratives that focused on the dangers of imagination unhinged from reason, Healy argues for the intensely passionate, suprarational powers of poetic inspiration as it was understood to possess "superior powers to affect the bodies, minds, and behavior of readers and listeners" (175).
Accordingly, the divine character must be suprarational and thus known only through its special disclosure or revelation.
If it is true, then we would expect to find in the Church an element which unbelievers will call irrational and which believers will call suprarational.
Unlike Plotinus who treats the One as a suprarational agent, Avicenna says that God "intellectually apprehends that the existence from Him of the whole is a necessary consequence of Himself.
Kierkegaard's distinguishing of the religious from the ethical makes room at the least for a Catholic analogy: Maggie's work of resolution goes beyond the merely ethical in the direction of the supernatural and suprarational, operating within a region that Catholic teaching recognizes as the realm of the Holy Spirit and his gifts.
A poem's original, suprarational language would correspond to the transcendent reality literature is meant to describe.
In larger forces, in mystical experience, in the suprarational.
Such confidence in the suprarational fabric of existence should embolden individuals to speak and act without fear of being inconsistent with the limited rules of a purely rationalist universe (a liberated stance Moore terms "conscientious inconsistency" in "The Mind Is an Enchanting Thing" [Poems 134]).
For example, he notes the distinction Greene emphasized in his later thought between rational "belief" and suprarational "faith" but does not explore sufficiently how this discrimination (and Greene's allied increasing stress on doubt) gave him a growing appreciation for Catholicism's apophatic strain even as some of the Church's crucial theological arguments were becoming less intellectually persuasive to him.