Terminology point rationality vs rationalism.

by beoShaffer1 min read8th Sep 201313 comments


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 Rationalism should not be confused with rationality, nor with rationalization.

-Wikipedia article on rationalism 

I frequently see people using rationalism in place of rationality.  Usually other commenters understand them, however I believe that using the word rationality is superior.  The Less Wrong tag line is "A community blog devoted to refining the art of human rationality".  On the other hand, rationalism is the philosophical term for a very different epistemological position. Furthermore, -the -ism suffix has some undesirable connotations.