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Continental Rationalism

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[Revised entry by Shannon Dea, Julie Walsh, and Thomas M. Lennon on November 6, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The expression "continental rationalism" refers to a set of views more or less shared by a number of philosophers active on the European continent during the latter two thirds of the seventeenth century and the beginning of the eighteenth. Rationalism is most often characterized as an epistemological position. On this view, to be a rationalist requires at least one of the following: (1) a privileging of reason and intuition over sensation and experience, (2) regarding...

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