Religion Past and Present

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I. Philosophy

Traditional epistemology considers reason primarily to be a discursive faculty (Gk διάνοια/diánoia; λόγος/ lógos; Lat. ratio), in part to distinguish it from intellect as an intuitive faculty (Capacity). This distinction also implies a ranking: the discursive faculty either proceeds syllogistically as “demonstration” (ἀπόδειξις/apódeixis) based on ultimate principles that cannot themselves be deduced by reasoning (Arist. Eth…

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Neijenhuis, Jörg and Herms, Eilert, “Reason”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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