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- (chiefly philosophy) Not within the domain of what can be understood or analyzed by reason; not rational, outside the competence of the rules of reason. [from 20th c.]
- 1938, Marten Ten Hoor, “The Philistines over Philosophy,”, in The Journal of Philosophy, volume 35, number 20, page 542:
- If the end-product of a man's philosophizing about the nature of the cosmos is the ultimate, arational matter, this will affect his moral opinion of the cosmos.
- 1974, Ervin Laszlo, “Why Should I Believe in Science?”, in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, volume 34, number 4, page 484:
- Scientific knowledge is conceptual, rational, and testable. Mystical knowledge is usually aconceptual, arational, and does not lend itself to interpersonal testing.
- 2001, Ronald De Sousa, “Moral Emotions,”, in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, volume 4, number 2, page 109:
- On the first view, emotions are purely biological phenomena. . . . They are arational and amoral, like other natural bodily functions.
that cannot be understood or analysed by reason
arational (strong nominative masculine singular arationaler, not comparable)
Positive forms of arational (uncomparable)
- “arational” in Duden online