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    I couldn't complete the test.

    It is almost always the case with multiple coice tests that the answer you wish to give will sometimes not be available, forcing you to choose an inadequate alternative, but hoping that any small deviation will be irrelevent when all the answers are taken into consideration. However, with this test I could answer fewer questions correctly than which I had to improvise on, and so it quickly became apparant that it was futile. Instead, I'll just write up one more profile:

    Pancritical Rationalist
    The pancritical rationalist is "characterised as one who is willing to entertain any position and holds all his positions, including his most fundamental standards, goals and decisions, and his basic philosophical position itself, open to criticism." To the pancritical rationalist, nothing is justified, nor can be justified, a "position may be held rationally without needing justification at all-- provided that it can be and is held open to criticism and survives severe examination."

    Famous pancritical rationalists include: Karl Popper

    The opposite of pancritical rationalism can be either foundationalism or scepticism

    Note: The quotes given in the description are taken from page 118 and 119 of The Retreat to Commitment by W. W. Bartley III

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    Quote Originally Posted by toonia View Post
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    The skeptic constantly lives in a state of denial - everything is false until proven otherwise. Skeptics refuse to follow religion, since it relies on theories that cannot be proven true or false. Likewise, they refuse to believe in most scientific research, since logic is viewed as an inadequate measure of truth (Just because A = B, and B = C, there's no proof that A = C). Although they can sometimes be depressing to talk to, skeptics are vital to scientific advancements, since they constantly look for problems with new theories.

    Famous skeptics include: David Hume, Rene Descartes.

    The opposite of Skepticism is Optimism.
    Thats the spirit! Real thought nearly always starts with skepticism.

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    But I had the same problems Nocturne had.

    Then again, it's just a cheesy "OkCupid" test... so you get what you play for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nocturne View Post
    I couldn't complete the test.

    It is almost always the case with multiple coice tests that the answer you wish to give will sometimes not be available, forcing you to choose an inadequate alternative, but hoping that any small deviation will be irrelevent when all the answers are taken into consideration. However, with this test I could answer fewer questions correctly than which I had to improvise on, and so it quickly became apparant that it was futile. Instead, I'll just write up one more profile:

    Pancritical Rationalist
    The pancritical rationalist is "characterised as one who is willing to entertain any position and holds all his positions, including his most fundamental standards, goals and decisions, and his basic philosophical position itself, open to criticism." To the pancritical rationalist, nothing is justified, nor can be justified, a "position may be held rationally without needing justification at all-- provided that it can be and is held open to criticism and survives severe examination."

    Famous pancritical rationalists include: Karl Popper

    The opposite of pancritical rationalism can be either foundationalism or scepticism

    Note: The quotes given in the description are taken from page 118 and 119 of The Retreat to Commitment by W. W. Bartley III
    Pancritial rationalism is compatible with many of these profiles and it only concersn epistemology.

    What is your stance towards metaphysics? Dont think this test had anything to say about ethics, ethical extrapolations could at best be tangential here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SolitaryWalker View Post
    Thats the spirit! Real thought nearly always starts with skepticism.
    I agree, but while real thought always starts with scepticism, it ends with foundationalism and fideism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nocturne View Post
    I agree, but while real thought always starts with scepticism, it ends with foundationalism and fideism.
    Indeed faith is part of healthy rationalism, and we all are going to have to make some unwarranted metaphysical assunptions like 'truth exists and logic is the guide to it' whether we like it or not. Popper was right about how this renders metaphysical positivism untenable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SolitaryWalker View Post
    Pancritial rationalism is compatible with many of these profiles and it only concerns epistemology. What is your stance towards metaphysics? Dont think this test had anything to say about ethics, ethical extrapolations could at best be tangential here.
    I believe the definition of pancritical rationalism I just gave is quite clear, but to restate, 'The pancritical rationalist is "characterised as one who is willing to entertain any position and holds all his positions, including his most fundamental standards, goals and decisions, and his basic philosophical position itself, open to criticism."' This includes epistemology, metaphysics, science, ethics and everything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nocturne View Post
    I believe the definition of pancritical rationalism I just gave is quite clear, but to restate, 'The pancritical rationalist is "characterised as one who is willing to entertain any position and holds all his positions, including his most fundamental standards, goals and decisions, and his basic philosophical position itself, open to criticism."' This includes epistemology, metaphysics, science, ethics and everything else, pancritical rationalism is comprehensive, even applying to itself.
    Seems to me that this is just a method to do philosophy and not a system in itself. Yet again, so are the rest of them. Foundationalism, as used here could also be applied to many things as well as to itself as it posits how ideas are to be discovered and does not specify what is discovered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SolitaryWalker View Post
    Indeed faith is part of healthy rationalism, and we all are going to have to make some unwarranted metaphysical assunptions like 'truth exists and logic is the guide to it' whether we like it or not. Popper was right about how this renders metaphysical positivism untenable.
    How did you get, 'Indeed faith is part of healthy rationalism' from 'while real thought always starts with scepticism, it ends with foundationalism and fideism'? I have scarcely ever been misinterpreted as thoroughly, especially given that I was alluding to precisely the opposite, suggesting that faith, foundationalism, manifest truth, apriorism, etc. are when rationality fails us, when criticism is brought to a halt, when arbitrary dogmatism reigns.

    The notion that faith is a necessary, nevermind a 'healthy,' component of any theory of rationality is why the sceptic always wins the argument, since to arbitrary commitment (enslavement?) to your preferred authority is often seen as the only recourse. This is what pancritical rationalism seeks to resolve, allowing the rationalist to be nondogmatic, without contradiction, and to retain his integrity in the face of sceptical arguments.

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