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reason

1. Philosophy the intellect regarded as a source of knowledge, as contrasted with experience
2. Logic grounds for a belief; a premise of an argument supporting that belief
3. reasons of State political justifications for an immoral act

reason

the capacity of the human mind to make logical inferences, undertake rational arguments, understand the world, solve problems. What the nature, social determinants and limits of this capacity are, however, is much debated. See RATIONALISM IDEALISM, EMPIRICISM, ONTOLOGY; see also PRACTICAL REASONING.
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A stalemated self caught in the heat of oppressive ratiocination can have only a vision of life devoid of all its fine sensibilities emotional enthusiasm and virgin beauties.
Five of these typologies are complete logical arguments based on the Ciceronian ratiocination.
What process of ratiocination delivered the necessary facts about a Galilean woman's sexual history?
It is an ode to Renaissance architecture, accompanied by Baroque music, and this viewer felt simultaneously oriented and disoriented somewhere between an Italian tourism advert, a sense of awe in architectural ratiocination and crisp lines, and Disneyland's Circle-Vision 360 that I used to see as a child.
This helped them to restrict reason to the natural unilluminated knowledge of which men are capable through ratiocination based on sensory evidence and historical reportage.
Not pure ratiocination, but imagination is necessary to grapple with these issues--we are studying novels, not mathematics.
In light of Blake's suspicion of ratiocination, combined with his deliberate use of narrative focalization of Albion's religious vision, reading Jerusalem as a Rational utopia grounded in Judeo-Christian of notions of Apocalypse is to miss Blake's core religious message.
The function of ratiocination is not this, but the development or reasoned statement of what faith finds within itself.
Perception, intuition, conceptualization, inference, representation, reflection, imagination, remembrance, conjecture, rationalization, argumentation, justification, contemplation, ratiocination, speculation, meditation, validation, deliberation--even a partial listing of the many dimensions of knowing suggests that it is a grave error to attempt to reduce this multiplicity to a unitary model.
It is interesting to speculate on how earlier generations of Americans would characterize a generation of thinkers and of businessmen whose ratiocination has carried them so far from attachment to their roots.
However, to quote the Wikipedia entry, "Peirce held that, in practical affairs, slow and stumbling ratiocination is often dangerously inferior to instinct, sentiment, and tradition, and that the scientific method is best suited to theoretical research, which in turn should not be bound to the other methods [of settling doubt] and to practical ends.
De Quincey's sensitivity makes him vulnerable to otherly knowledges despite the vigorous ratiocination of which he believes himself capable, while the remedial work of his autobiographical writing is framed by and understood through a pharmacologically induced dreamworld.