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From German Zweckrationalität.


zweckrationalität (uncountable)

  1. Technical rationality; rationality in accordance with organizational demands instead of moral demands.
    • 1999, James W. Loewen, Lies across America: What our historic sites get wrong, Simon and Schuster, page 449:
      This thinking, supported by this array of heroes in bronze, can only further persuade people that whites may be masters of zweckrationalität—technical rationality—but are deficient in wertrationalität—basic human values.

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