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Rationality
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[German Version]

I. Philosophy

Rationality is derived from Latin ratio (“calculation, consideration, reason”) and medieval Latin rationalitas (“reason, capacity for thought”). The term denotes various intellectual capacities that distinguish human beings as “rational animals” from the other more highly developed animals. In German, from the 18th century, these capacities were generally designated as Verstand (Intellect: I) and Vernunft (Reason: I).…

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Fricke, Christel, Petzoldt, Matthias, Huxel, Kirsten and Linde, Gesche, “Rationality”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024537>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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