Leader Resource 1: Vocabulary of Reason Definitions
This list of definitions is a guide for the workshop leader to use during Activity 1, What is Reason?, exploring the meaning of reason as opposed to similar concepts.
Analysis (2): This process is a method of studying the nature of something or of determining its essential features and their relations.
Inquiry (6): A seeking or request for truth, information, or knowledge.
Logic (1): The science that investigates the principles governing correct or reliable inference.
Rationality (4): The exercise of reason.
Rationalization (7): To invent plausible explanations for acts, opinions, etc., that are actually based on other causes.
Reason (3): The mental powers concerned with forming conclusions, judgments, or inferences. People do this by direct understanding, predicting, generalizing, comparing, and arguing.
Reasoning (5): The process of forming conclusions, judgments, or inferences from facts or premises.