|Rationality, philosophy: rationality is the ability of a being to consciously adapt to a situation due to the generalizations of his experiences. It can also be rational to want to learn something new. See also system, order, creativity, discoveries, evaluation, repetition.|
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Rorty: "rationality" means the adaptation of means to purposes here. The difference to hormonal activity is that these can only be described with a meta-linguistic vocabulary. The understanding of such processes is more about tricks than about capturing universality. This has little to do with rationality. It does not allow us to understand not what it means to be a rational researcher.
"Rational", just as little as "true" (or "sincere") is not a candidate for a term which would be better understood having knowledge about the functioning of the mental apparatus.
Irrational/Rorty: the distinction between rational and irrational is of little use.
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