Rationalist is one of the political personality dimensions examined in the political personality quiz.
The opposite of rationalist is idealist.
Many arguments in politics are appeal to the head, others to the heart, but usually it is difficult to appeal to both at once. Which do you find more convincing? More specifically, the difference between idealism and rationalism is one of â€œhow do we know what is rightâ€ -it blends epistemology (how do we know?) and ethics (what is right?). On some issues our â€œheadsâ€ are on one side, and the â€œheartsâ€ are on the other. Those who govern from the â€œheartâ€ tend to make decisions on a case by case, what is right/popular/good, where those who govern from the head tend to create â€œrulesâ€ to handle cases objectively. Those who govern from the head risk becoming â€œtechnocratsâ€ or become like economists who â€œknow the price of everything and the value of nothing.â€ Those who govern from the heart risk being â€œbiasedâ€ or get caught in a situation where they are trying to be â€œall things to all peopleâ€ Is politics more about personalities and emotions, or models and statistics? Are the answers black and white or is everything shades of grey? Do hot button issues get you going, or leave you cold? Are rights sacred, or just rhetoric?