AESTHETICS & ART CRITICISM 259, 259 (2012) (surveying irrationalist
and rationalist conceptions of creativity and arguing for the rationalist conception): Richard Willgoss.
movement in the post-Romantic period (Hughes 1952, 59).
Pinker cites his fellow secular liberal Thomas Nagel in defense of rationality against postmodernism, but seems unaware that even Nagel, professor of philosophy emeritus at New York University, has advocated a reconsideration of Aristotelian final causes precisely as a way to avoid the irrationalist
implications of a world in which teleology is absent.
Sayer (2017) wants sociologists to reject not just Weber's idea of value-freedom but his irrationalist
conception of values, and instead incorporate evaluative claims into objective description so as to engage with the problems of life.
He seems to have loved irrationalist
phrases such as "magical remedy" and "magical attraction" (zauberischen Reiz, which he used of a strong homophile attraction to Fleischl).
Critique: A historical fiction whodunnit based on the storied life and death of master mathematician Rene Descartes (1596-1650), The Irrationalist
draws the reader into the world of the 17th century (in the middle of the Thirty Years War, no less).
While Rand had read Nietzsche when she was young and even found inspiring some of his aphorisms taken out of context, she early on rejected his philosophy for several fundamental reasons: Rand defends reason and the objectivity of value, while Nietzsche is an irrationalist
; she defends free will, while he is a determinist; she thinks that man's power to create value for his own life is good, while he advocates the "will to power" over others; she defends the voluntary "trader principle," while he sees human relationships in terms of a master-slave dynamic (pp.
Thus, Halevi's ethnocentric irrationalist
views did not affect his attitude towards women in general and women prophets in particular, which remained stereotypically negative.
Bahnsen's conception of self-contradictory wills further impacted his nonprogressive, irrationalist
philosophy of history and also his aesthetics of tragedy, in ways that show clear engagement with and sometimes anticipation of Nietzsche.
and "antihumanist" self are in direct
Emerging from this ideological wreckage were the irrationalist