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the principle or habit of accepting reason as the supreme authority in matters of opinion, belief, or conduct.

the doctrine that reason alone is a source of knowledge and is independent of experience.
(in the philosophies of Descartes, Spinoza, etc.) the doctrine that all knowledge is expressible in self-evident propositions or their consequences.

Theology. the doctrine that human reason, unaided by divine revelation, is an adequate or the sole guide to all attainable religious truth.
Architecture, (often initial capital letter)

a design movement principally of the mid-19th century that emphasized the development of modern ornament integrated with structure and the decorative use of materials and textures rather than as added adornment.
the doctrines and practices of this movement.
Compare (def 1).

reliance on reason rather than intuition to justify one’s beliefs or actions

the doctrine that knowledge about reality can be obtained by reason alone without recourse to experience
the doctrine that human knowledge can all be encompassed within a single, usually deductive, system
the school of philosophy initiated by Descartes which held both the above doctrines

the belief that knowledge and truth are ascertained by rational thought and not by divine or supernatural revelation


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