The latter is a dig at his family's desire to have their home stay always the same; the former contrasts two forms of idolatry (rationalistic and irrationalistic
, scientific and superstitious) rather than, as Ames remembers, rationalistic materialism and idolatrous irrationalism.
In its "Hegelian" form, dialectic seeks to move beyond, without simply eliminating, the alternatives of a rationalistic "pure univocity" and an irrationalistic
"pure equivocity." While Desmond affirms what is positive in Hegelian dialectic, he points out that there is an inexorable progression in modern dialectic from indeterminacy through determination to self-determination, which is interpreted as a move from the essentially imperfect to the perfect.
(1) Knight forcefully problematises the utility of rationalist epistemologies for understanding the social by both embracing them and questioning the limits of their ability to deliver greater insight and knowledge: 'It has become somewhat the fashion, especially since Bergson came into vogue, to be irrationalistic
, and question the validity of logical processes.
Contrary to many of the stereotypical representations of the split (such as that of clear and commonsensical analytic philosophy versus obscure and irrationalistic
continental philosophy) the divergent views on history can be reasonably grounded.
Franklin's opinion that Kuhn is an irrationalist stems in part from the fact that his books are praised by those who really do embrace irrationalistic
There is by now a great deal of scholarly literature on the various manifestations of the sublime in the literature of this period, and some of this might legitimately be seen as anticipating Nietzsche's irrationalistic
Marxist criticism, for example, was accused of offering an "irrationalistic
explanation" of how literature and economics were interrelated, but it was scrupulously not accused of being "unAmerican" or labeled with any other Cold War epithet (p.