Utopian and pragmatic rationalism: The political context of scientific advice
These temperaments share the qualities of being abstract thinkers who approach situations in a theory-focused, pragmatic mode. Getting a Rational to open up and show their tender side can be as challenging as the toil of Sisyphus How do you connect with a partner who is known more for his brilliant mind than his brilliant romance? On paper at least, Rationals are the type least likely to want to put a ring on it.
The art of purifying shapes characterizes this collection of handles, an elegant and sophisticated example of the rationalist design dating back to the XX century.
Don’t have an account? What is a moral judgment? Jonathan Haidt and others who adopt a dual-process model of cognition see moral judgment as largely automatic and regard explicit reasoning as directed to the task of ex post facto justification and persuasion. This chapter argues that a capacity for diachronic agency is essential to moral deliberation and that once we focus on the full range of processes involved in moral decision-making it is not so clear that rationalism is undermined.
In particular, initial, quick, affective moral judgments are just one input to moral decision-making, subject to moderation by social and rational pressures consistent with a broadly rationalist perspective. Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
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What I have had to say to date would seem to imply that a person could be a Rationalist and a theist, even a Rationalist and a Christian, provided he based his.
A quarterly journal of ideas, science and culture from the Rationalist Association. Find out more. From pandemics to climate change, new techniques in chemistry use the power of nature to fight existential challenges. A thorough account of the persecution and trial of a man for “the most significant breakthrough in the history of science”. Silicon Valley has lost its utopian sheen in recent years. Two fiery new books take the tech bros to task.
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O nce upon a time, there was a man who thought love was a maths problem. Something like that, who knows. Anyway, it sounds like finding a girlfriend was crazy hard before computers! He is currently 32 and works in finance, creating software that helps banks comply with regulations. His self-deprecating streak is tempered by optimism. In he moved to New York from North Carolina.
The Continental rationalists, notably Descartes, Leibniz, and Spinoza, are frequently contrasted with the British empiricists (Locke, Berkeley, and Hume), but.
There is wide agreement that prioritising on-road public transport services is beneficial, but considerable uncertainty about how best to implement priority measures in practice. As yet it is unclear why some transit priority schemes receive political, institutional and public support while others are blocked, cancelled or compromised, often for non-technical reasons.
This paper explores how public policy analysis concepts can be adapted to describe and potentially improve transit priority implementation. Previous evaluation approaches have focused on the traffic, mobility and economic impacts of transit priority measures. What has been missing is a consideration of how politics, institutional arrangements and other non-rational factors influence priority implementation. They suggest that better policies and centralisation of decision-making might improve priority implementation.
Incrementalism based models, on the other hand, suggest using a series of small changes to gradually increase the level of transit priority over time instead of a large, and potentially controversial, single step. It concludes with a description of opportunities for future research to test these new models and to explore the political, institutional and other factors influencing transit priority implementation.
Moving beyond techno-rationalism : new models of transit priority implementation. N2 – There is wide agreement that prioritising on-road public transport services is beneficial, but considerable uncertainty about how best to implement priority measures in practice.
Rationalism, or a belief that we come to knowledge through the use of logic, and thus independently of sensory experience, was critical to the debates of the Enlightenment period, when most philosophers lauded the power of reason but insisted that knowledge comes from experience. Rationalism—as an appeal to human reason as a way of obtaining knowledge—has a philosophical history dating from antiquity. While rationalism, as the view that reason is the main source of knowledge, did not dominate the Enlightenment, it laid critical basis for the debates that developed over the course of the 18th century.
Descartes was the first of the modern rationalists. He thought that only knowledge of eternal truths including the truths of mathematics and the foundations of the sciences could be attained by reason alone, while the knowledge of physics required experience of the world, aided by the scientific method. Leibniz, Spinoza, and Descartes were all well-versed in mathematics, as well as philosophy, and Descartes and Leibniz contributed greatly to science as well.
Rationalist Theories of Politics: A Midterm Report – Volume 30 Issue 2 – Ronald Two textbooks have appeared to date: Riker, William H. and Ordeshook, Peter.
Full text unavailable from EThOS. Restricted access. Link to institutional repository. In this thesis, I argue for rationalism, the claim that political legitimacy should be distributed such that justice is promoted best. In chapter 1, I define legitimacy as the permission to rule. I deny that political institutions generally enjoy authority, which is the moral power to directly impose duties on others.
I then describe how legitimate political institutions without authority are possible in principle. In the second chapter, I outline a major problem for rationalism. If individuals have strong, moral rights, then it seems that political institutions cannot legitimately operate without their subjects’ consent. I describe the key assumptions in this argument, and discuss a series of unconvincing proposals in the literature to escape it.
In chapter 3, I argue that we can solve the problem if we look at theories of the moral justification of rights.
Polyamory is Rational(ist)
The unraveling of the spontaneous philosophy of the earth Kepler and Newton , the spontaneous philosophy of the organism Darwin and the spontaneous philosophy of history Hegel and Marx each opened up a hitherto unimagined or inaccessible domain that pointed to new affordances for thought and action. The system of myth — particularly in the sense of an ideological fixation — as Jules Vuillemin suggests, attempts to circumvent the world of appearances through engendering abstract systems which grow without any limit by the aggregation and tinkering of immutable codes in a monotonic fashion.
In doing so, the system of myth feigns openness and mobility and attempts to overcome finitude. In this manner, the system is supported by the reinforcing effect of seemingly benign assumptions. However, rather than collapsing under the weight of its precarious elements, it is progressively bolstered by their aggregation. This is how the system of myth avoids the risk of revision and ensures that the addition of new premises increases theorems and preserves truth-values.
LessWrong (also written Less Wrong) is a community blog and forum focused on discussion of In , a significant portion of the rationalist community shifted focus to Scott After thinking of this pun and finding that Grimes had already made this pun, Elon Musk reached out to Grimes, which led to them dating.
This anthology of more than forty pieces is a kaleidoscopic argument for the power and the glory of science. Breathtaking, brilliant and passionate, these essays, journalism, lectures and letters make an unanswerable case for the wonder of scientific discovery and its power to stir the imagination; for the practical necessity of scientific endeavour to society; and for the importance of the scientific way of thinking – particularly in today’s ‘post-truth’ world.
With an introduction and new commentary by the author, subjects range from evolution and Darwinian natural selection to the role of scientist as prophet, whether science is itself a religion, the probability of alien life in other worlds, and the beauties, cruelties and oddities of earthly life in this one. Alongside the explications, the celebrations and the controversies are wonderfully funny ventures into satire and parody, and moving personal reflections in memory and honour of others.
Science in the Soul is a sparkling showcase for Professor Dawkins’ rapier wit, the clarity, precision and vigour he brings to an argument, the beauty of his prose, the depth of his feeling and his capacity for joy. Add to Cart. Add to Wishlist. What a treat to see so clearly how matter and meaning fit together, from fiction to philosophy to molecular biology, all in one unified vision!
Rationalist Empiricism: A Theory of Speculative Critique (Idiom: Inventing Writing Theory)
Rationalist Empiricism is a study of the dialectical relation between reason and experience in ancient, modern, and contemporary philosophy, engaging as well with political theory, the science of measurement, and experimental photography. Across these fields, it shows that coordinating the discrepant claims of rationalism and empiricism is the key to reconciling the speculative and critical vocations of theory and practice. Categories Movements – Critical Theory. Skip to main content.
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LessWrong also written Less Wrong is a community blog and forum focused on discussion of cognitive biases , philosophy , psychology , economics , rationality , and artificial intelligence , among other topics. LessWrong promotes lifestyle changes believed by its community to lead to increased rationality and self-improvement. Posts often focus on avoiding biases related to decision-making and the evaluation of evidence. One suggestion is the use of Bayes’ theorem as a decision-making tool.
LessWrong is also concerned with transhumanism , existential threat and singularity. Observer noted that “Despite describing itself as a forum on ‘the art of human rationality,’ the New York Less Wrong group Branding themselves as ‘rationalists,’ as the Less Wrong crew has done, makes it a lot harder to dismiss them as a ‘ doomsday cult ‘.
LessWrong developed from Overcoming Bias , an earlier group blog focused on human rationality, which began in November , with artificial intelligence theorist Eliezer Yudkowsky and economist Robin Hanson as the principal contributors. In February , Yudkowsky’s posts were used as the seed material to create the community blog LessWrong , and Overcoming Bias became Hanson’s personal blog. In July , LessWrong contributor Roko posted a thought experiment similar to Pascal’s wager to the site in which an otherwise benevolent future AI system tortures simulations of those who did not work to bring the system into existence.
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Rationalist Empiricism is a study of the dialectical relation between reason and experience in ancient, modern, and contemporary philosophy, engaging as well with political theory, the science of measurement, and experimental photography. Across these fields, it shows that coordinating the discrepant claims of rationalism and empiricism is the key to reconciling the speculative and critical vocations of theory and practice.
Twenty-first-century philosophy has been drawn into a false opposition between speculation and critique. Nathan Brown shows that the key to overcoming this antinomy is a re-engagement with the relation between rationalism and empiricism. Rationalist Empiricism shows that the capacity of reason and experience to extend and yet delimit each other has always been at the core of philosophy and science.
Coordinating their discrepant powers, Brown argues, is what enables speculation to move forward in concert with critique. Sweeping across ancient, modern, and contemporary philosophy, as well as political theory, science, and art, Brown engages with such major thinkers as Plato, Descartes, Hume, Hegel, Marx, Heidegger, Bachelard, Althusser, Badiou, and Meillassoux. He also shows how the concepts he develops illuminate recent projects in the science of measurement and experimental digital photography.
With conceptual originality and argumentative precision, Rationalist Empiricism reconfigures the history and the future of philosophy, politics, and aesthetics. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
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This paper describes the major forms of policy analysis (rationalism, institutionalism, incrementalism, political approaches and the ‘garbage can’ model) and.
Reading 1: Descartes on Doubt and Certainty Meditations 1 and 2. Rationalism is the philosophical view that knowledge is acquired through reason, without the aid of the senses. Mathematical knowledge is the best example of this, since through rational thought alone we can plumb the depths of numerical relations, construct proofs, and deduce ever more complex mathematical concepts. We can even envision that someone locked in a room with no sensory experience whatsoever might still arrive at a sophisticated level of mathematical knowledge.
Several ancient and medieval writers held to rationalism, most notably Plato and philosophers who followed in the Platonist tradition. In the mid seventeenth-century, though, rationalism was given a unique twist by philosophers who held that our most important mental concepts are innate, or inborn, and from these we deduce other truths with absolute certainty.
While this education pleased his father, a high-court judge himself, Descartes never actually did practice law.