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Correspondingly, we see in this rationalist tradition the development of a narrow concept of reason and philosophy -- as Judith notes, one increasingly reduced to `a linguistic and solipsistic area of disputation', unable to provide reconciliation and explanation, and divorced from `any realm of direct human experience'.
Instead of the long-established image of a Dante wedded to the great rationalist tradition of Christian Aristotelianism, of a writer who had energetically worked his way through the most important library collections of his world, a quite different figure is slowly yet suggestively beginning to emerge.
Goldstick's defense does not, however, translate into an effort to resurrect the rationalist tradition of comprehensive metaphysical system-building.