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1. Irrational thought, expression, or behavior; irrationality.
2. Belief in feeling, instinct, or other nonrational forces rather than reason.


(ɪˈræʃ ə nlˌɪz əm)

1. irrationality in thought or action.
2. a theory that nonrational forces govern the universe.
ir•ra′tion•al•ist, adj., n.
ir•ra`tion•al•is′tic, adj.


1. a theory that nonrational forces govern the universe.
2. any attitude or set of beliefs having a nonrational basis, as nihilism. — irrationalist, n., adj.irrationalistic, adj.
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Instead of critiquing these ideas, Werner accuses those who believe in localized truths to be irrationalists. Here he commits what Barbara Herrnstein Smith calls the egalitarian fallacy, which states that if the notion of objective truth is rejected, what follows is not that all theories are equally true, but that no theory is true in the objective sense.
He said, "Chance, danger and the irrational constitute the new Trinity." America, the most practical nation in the world, had produced the greatest irrationalists of the age-Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman.
To appreciate Popper's opinion of vitalist, theological and spiritualist thinkers who he regarded as 'irrationalists' it is necessary to appreciate the specific time and place in which his thought evolved.
Moreover, what Ames calls "rationalists" and what he calls "irrationalists" are united in not offering us any grounds even to hope for change.
The irrationalists who presently dominate education would wipe away all record of the past.
Among them, we find the long line of spiritualists, irrationalists, theoretical mystics--practical mystics wisely keep quiet and apply themselves, fruitfully, to their worthy exercises--and those who have an obsession for the supernatural.
Ruse's own position is firmly atheistic, and his tolerance goes not much further than his declaration of resignation that eliminating irrational beliefs "isn't going to happen." That shouldn't be of much comfort to irrationalists.
In these historians' view--and it seems, at times, in Freehling's--the only reason secession and civil war occurred was because a handful of irrationalists, spreading irrationalism throughout the body politic, pushed the country into it.
One will not soon forget her recurrent use, as a diagnostic tool for some of the less sane pronouncements of the irrationalists, of J.
Having shown the flaws and fallacies of the irrationalists, here Nola could have presented us with a rational and philosophically coherent alternative, and in so doing, have given the book a more positive orientation.