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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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DRD is not an application of the Facilitative Principle, but rather a related claim that depends on essentially the same reasoning, as Raz himself confirms: "The inference pattern I relied on in the [Detachment Argument] is fundamental to practical reasoning: People have reason to do what will bring them into conformity with reasons which apply to them.
In August--one month prior to issuing the biggest fine of all, a $550,000 slap at OBS owner Viacom for its role in the Super Bowl halftime show featuring Janet Jackson's bared breast--Powell sat down in his office to discuss these issues with reason Editor-in-Chief Nick Gillespie, reason Managing Editor Jesse Waller, and Drew Clark, senior writer for National Journal's Technology Daily.
Baliunas talked about this and other questions with REASON Editor Virginia Posttel and her husband, Steven Postret, an economist who teaches business strategy at U.