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Handout 1: Vocabulary of Reason

With a partner, match the following words and definitions by writing the number of the definition next to the corresponding word.

Analysis _____

1. The science that investigates the principles governing correct or reliable inference.

Inquiry _____

2. This process is a method of studying the nature of something or of determining its essential features and their relations.

Logic _____

3. The mental powers concerned with forming conclusions, judgments, or inferences. People do this by direct understanding, predicting, generalizing, comparing, and arguing.

Rationality _____

4. The exercise of reason.

Rationalization _____

5. The process of forming conclusions, judgments, or inferences from facts or premises.

Reason _____

6. A seeking or request for truth, information, or knowledge..

Reasoning _____

7. To invent plausible explanations for acts, opinions, etc., that are actually based on other causes.


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