Terms and Definitions

An Introduction

I'll start with saying what this blog is not: This isn't an attempt to capitalize on the growing "vegan" trend. The end goal is not to develop a readership in order to market or monetize.  This is not yet another blog meant to post recipes, to talk about my vegan journey, or to post vegan memes.  There is already an overabundance of sites like those.  The last thing the growing vegan community needs is another blog of recipes, diet plans, or anything...

A few of the terms that may or may not come into discussions, click the "+" for more and for a link to the Wikipedia page.

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Rationalism

Rationalism is the view that “regards reason as the chief source and test of knowledge” or “any view appealing to reason as a source of knowledge or justification”. More formally, rationalism is defined as a methodology or a theory “in which the criterion of the truth is not sensory but intellectual and deductive”. Rationalists believe reality has an intrinsically logical structure. Because...

Reformism

Reformism is the belief that gradual changes through and within existing institutions can ultimately change a society’s fundamental economic system and political structures. This hypothesis of social change grew out of opposition to revolutionary socialism, which contends that some form of revolution is necessary for fundamental structural changes to occur.

Reformism is to be distinguished from pragmatic reforms: reformism is the...

Morality

Morality (from the Latin moralitas “manner, character, proper behavior”) is the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are distinguished as proper and those that are improper: In other words, it is the disjunction between right and wrong. Morality can be a body of standards or principles derived from a code of conduct from a particular philosophy, religion, or culture, or it can derive from a standard that...

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