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Rationalism is an epistemological position that emphasizes reason as a source of knowledge itself, not merely a way of organizing and drawing further hypotheses from knowledge gotten by sense perception. Continental rationalism is a term sometimes applied to Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, and other seventeenth- and eighteenth century philosophers. See also


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