Philosophy Index

Rationalism

Rationalism is the philosophical view that truth can be derived from valid reasoning, without any experience to confirm it. Associated closely with rationalism is the concept of "innate" ideas and truths that, which is opposed to the concept of empiricism.

Some rationalists have attempted to use reason to demonstrate, or prove, the contents of their faith where their beliefs are not otherwise evident from experience.

Knowledge that is derived entirely from reason, without involving empirical evidence, is said to be known a priori.

Notable Rationalists