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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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General term: Terminologically, reason means the locus or faculty of perception (Alias, 1979) and perception of objects refers to their real aspect.
For people who moved from one county to another, moving because of a job-related reason rose with the distance of the move: 23 percent of moves less than 50 miles and 48 percent of those 500 miles or more.
When someone gives a reason for an action or policy that fails to contrast the relevant alternatives, then he has committed a fallacy.
Skorupski analyzes the impossible as what there is sufficient epistemic reason to exclude, and the possible as what is not impossible.
The limits of our voluntary control over our belief are not the limits of our control over them: we are in control over our beliefs by functioning properly as rational agents, that is, we are in control, and active, so long, and to the degree that our beliefs are governed by Reason, by our rational powers (98).
According to the proponents of the wide-scope reasons approach with whom I agree, the instrumental principle is ambiguous because the deontic ("reason") operator in it can take either wide or narrow scope with respect to an implicit conditional (I will explain this more fully below, in section 1).
Al-Ghazali also thought that reason was darkened by passions and, hence, could not be trusted.
The Principle of Political Legitimacy would require the religious person in such a situation to translate the basis of the epistemic justification for p into a civic, public reason in order to justify p to others.
And he lied again about the reason for attacking Iraq in 1991--hardly to defend the integrity of Kuwait (can one imagine Bush heartstricken over Iraq's taking of Kuwait?
4 reason to watch college football this season is the UCLA linebackers corps, the best in the Pac-10, according to The Sporting News, led by seniors Spencer Havner and Justin London.
Because, under the facts and circumstances, the primary reason for the sale is to support the treatment of F's illness, D and E can claim a reduced maximum exclusion under Sec.
It gave a little reason in the headline--the 10-percent fruit juice--to explain why it tastes better than the average fruit soda.