"A manifestation of articulated belief, as reflected in the presence of tangible, visible, expression of that belief" (J. WARFIELD, 1989, p.11).
This is kind of an operational definition, to be used in Interpretive Structural Modeling, as proposed by WARFIELD. (The ultimate nature of reason is, of course, a very controversial subject, that cannot be discussed here).
WARFIELD adds, interestingly: "More generally, reason will be seen as high in quality when the form of its expression is not chosen intuitively in deference to habit, but is specifically tailored to satisfy recognized and articulated communication needs. Conversely it will be seen as low in quality when the form of its expression is colloquial and indifferent to the requirements of description and audience" (Ibid, p.12).
However, reducing the satisfactory manifestations of reason to its communicatory quality obviously is of course far from exhausting the subject.
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