After relating his experience with teaching critical thinking, he discusses related topics: the history of the critical thinking movement, critical thinking and cultural literacy, and obstacles to critical thinking; anti-intellectualism and antirationalism
trends that have impacted the study of critical thinking; the separation of writing courses from academic discourse; problems with conservative and feminist rhetoric; David Bartholomae and Anthony Petrosky's depoliticized ways of reading; the relationship between rhetoric and activism; the Common Core State Standards; and the role of sociology and social and developmental psychology in English studies.
To do this would involve a discussion of the difficult problem of rationalism in general and an account of the excesses of rationalism and antirationalism
which are again a melancholy example of the "loi de double frenesie.
Marxism was right in its collectivism and anticapitalism, and fascism/Nazism was right in its primordialism and antirationalism
A third essay in this section, "Samuel David Luzzatto's Judaization of Rousseau" by Sheila Spector, considers how Rousseau's antirationalism
provided Luzzatto--whom Spector considers "the only authentic Romantic among the Hebrew writers of his time"--with a philosophic basis for privileging "Abrahamism" over "Atticism.
From a strictly libertarian perspective, three important issues have to be put in parentheses if we are to engage Piccone's legacy productively: his communitarian populism (largely buffeted by a confused critique of liberalism); his overly simplistic treatment of the intellectual as a New Class; and his uncritical adoption of the Frankfurt school's Weberian antirationalism
, which obscures more than it illuminates.
And it was Hegelian and orthodox Marxist panrationalism together with the instrumental rationality of modernism that evoked the antirationalism
of deconstructive postmodernism.
Clearly, the Affair crystallized a number of preexisting connections between the Catholic elite, antirationalism
, anti-Semitism and anti-Republicanism, and a certain literary milieu noted for its particular imaginative faculties, as embodied in Huysmans and Rachilde.
lifestyle anarchism today is finding its principal expression in spray-can graffiti, postmodernist nihilism, antirationalism
, neoprimitivism, anti-technologism, neo-Situationist 'cultural terrorism', mysticism, and a 'practice' of staging Foucauldian 'personal insurrections' .
Similarly, while Nieva's dramatic texts are an indispensable part of his theatre--the only part we have for the majority of his plays, which remain unperformed--they are not mimetic enough to comprise a post-avant-garde middle ground between extreme antirationalism
and pedestrian, popular, formulaic realism.
Two hundred years after its emergence, Romanticism still transparently, reductively, seems to denote antirationalism
, anti-Enlightenment indeterminacy, nostalgia, transcendental individualism, and morbidity.
Reading Blake as a radical, progressive liberal narrows our understanding of the source of Blake's antirationalism
, which dominates the Continental prophecies.
Less well known to some contemporary theologians is the contribution of the English Romantic poet and philosophical theologian Samuel Taylor Coleridge, whose Neoplatonic vision of Christianity provided an important impetus for not only the antirationalism
of the Oxford Movement but, more importantly, Newman's late works on belief and assent.