What is reason?

  • (verb): Decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion.
    Synonyms: reason out, conclude
    See also — Additional definitions below


Reason, is the capacity for consciously making sense of things, for establishing and verifying facts, and changing or justifying practices, institutions, and beliefs based on new or existing information. It is closely associated with such characteristically human activities as philosophy, science, language, mathematics, and art, and is normally considered to be a definitive characteristic of human nature. The concept of reason is sometimes referred to as rationality and sometimes as discursive reason, in opposition to intuitive reason.

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Some articles on reason:

Reason in Particular Fields of Study - Evolution of Reason
... could benefit greatly from better abilities to reason about, predict and understand the world ... have been other forces driving the evolution of reason ... why humans, according to Sperber, are not optimized to reason effectively alone ...
Rao (Greyhawk) - Dogma
... Rao teaches that the greatest gift is reason, which leads to discourse, which leads to peace, which leads to serenity ... For those who refuse to see reason and resort to violence first, action—governed by reason and wisdom—is required to restore the peace ... calm, implacable, and utterly convinced through the power of reason of the righteousness of their cause ...
Radu Sîrbu - Albums - Heartbeat
... Heartbeat" "Love is not a reason to cry" "Stop hating me" "Doare" "Don't be afraid" "Nu uita" "She is the best song I ever wrote" "Iubirea ca un drog" "Daun-Daha (save my life)" "It's too late ...
The Impossibility Of Reason - Production
... The Impossibility of Reason was recorded with six-string guitars in drop C tuning, a standard that future albums would follow, and deemphasizes electronic effects ... In an interview, described The Impossibility of Reason and compared it with the band's prior release "With the new album we give the listener a feeling like they can’t breathe, the songs pound you ... on the heavy level." The production of The Impossibility of Reason was filmed and would be included on the Dehumanizing Process DVD in October 2004 ...

More definitions of "reason":

  • (verb): Think logically.
    Example: "The children must learn to reason"
  • (noun): A fact that logically justifies some premise or conclusion.
    Example: "There is reason to believe he is lying"
  • (noun): A rational motive for a belief or action.
    Example: "The reason that war was declared"
    Synonyms: ground
  • (noun): An explanation of the cause of some phenomenon.
    Example: "The reason a steady state was never reached was that the back pressure built up too slowly"
  • (noun): The state of having good sense and sound judgment.
    Example: "He had to rely less on reason than on rousing their emotions"
    Synonyms: rationality, reasonableness
  • (verb): Present reasons and arguments.
    Synonyms: argue
  • (noun): The capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination.
    Example: "We are told that man is endowed with reason and capable of distinguishing good from evil"
    Synonyms: understanding, intellect
  • (noun): A justification for something existing or happening.
    Example: "They had good reason to rejoice"
    Synonyms: cause, grounds

Famous quotes containing the word reason:

    To “give style” to one’s character—a rare and noble art! Those practice it who compass all that their natures present as strengths and weaknesses and then fit them into an artistic plan until every one appears as art and reason and even weakness enchants the eye.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    God grant we may not have a European war thrust upon us, and for such a stupid reason too, no I don’t mean stupid, but to have to go to war on account of tiresome Servia beggars belief.
    Mary (1867–1953)

    There is more reason in your body than in your best wisdom.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)