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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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Paula Gunn Allen has said, "Preserving tradition with the sacrifice of its living bearers seems at best reasonless, at worst blasphemous.
By the sixteenth century these qualities were transferred to woman's psychology (vacillating, unstable), were adduced as evidence for her disordered, reasonless mind, and eventually were used to implicate art without design or proportion (Michelangelo on Flemish and Venetian art).
The alternative, after all, is to believe that the triumph of Full Being over the Absence of All Things was just a matter of reasonless luck.
swift and thick-comming sorrowes' in The History of Britain, its purposeless parade of 'bare and reasonless Actions', is so oppressively circular that the work is aborted.
Fletcher's position is an advance over Devlin's because Devlin speaks of the community's need to defend a more or less reasonless absolute morality that religion sanctions, whereas Fletcher talks about a community's need for rituals and safe places.