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In the first centuries of the early modern period, reason (Greek diánoia, Latin ratio, French raison, German Vernunft) was a fundamental philosophical concept of broad compass. It concerned both thinking and speaking as well as acting, to the extent that they were argumentatively justifiable and…

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Kass, Rita, “Reason”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029632>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107



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