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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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Avicenna compares the levels of reason with the levels of writing potentiality that is an absolute power in children and has not actualized.
In this sense many people "reason textually" in a large-scale sense: their view of reality has been informed by traditional reading practices and by texts thus read, and so they "reason through" or "reason with reference to" such texts.
The dominant conception identifies reason with one sub-class of reasoning.