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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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Setiya's Reasons (SR): The fact that p is a reason for A to [phi] [in circumstance c] just in case A has a collection of psychological states, C, such that the disposition to be moved to [phi] by C-and-the-belief-that-p [in c] is a good disposition of practical thought, and C contains no false beliefs.
General term: Terminologically, reason means the locus or faculty of perception (Alias, 1979) and perception of objects refers to their real aspect.
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).
The upshot of it all is that both secularism and Islam deny any possible link between religion and reason, but for different reasons: the former because it denies reason's capacity to know anything other than what is captured by our senses, the second because it denies that God is constrained by reason.
Both are religious fanatics acting upon religious beliefs that are immune to reason.
It seems to me there are two reasons, which go deep into our national culture, and which help explain the vulnerability of the press and of the citizenry to outrageous lies whose consequences bring death to tens of thousands of people.
5 reason to watch college football this season is the fight over American Indian nicknames, a battle that seems likely to go on and on.
121-3(e)(1) allows a reduced exclusion if the primary reason for the sale or exchange is the occurrence of unforeseen circumstances, defined as an event that the taxpayer could not reasonably have anticipated before purchasing and occupying a residence.
Wisely paying off that key word "how," the body copy of this ad gives many, many reasons in support of this powerful headline.
The third most common reason selected by ninth graders was the belief that sex was not right for a person their age (70%), and by 12th graders was a decision to wait until marriage (58%).