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Reason
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1. Term and Issues

The term “reason” derives from Lat. ratio. Earlier in history Gk. nous and logos expressed some of the same meanings. Reason is usually said to be an intellectual or mental ability or faculty, one distinguished from other psychological or bodily powers or activities of will, emotion, and sensation. Philosophers work with diverse concepts of reason and use the term in different ways.

A number of issues arise in considering the nature, operations, and limitations of hum…

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Wagner, Falk and Brown, Robert F., “Reason”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 30 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_R.13>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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