power of human reasoning

Apr 24th, 2015
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write a 5-10 page essay explaining what each thinker we have studied (Sophocles, Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Leibniz and Kant) has to say about the power of human reason and the extent of its reach. To answer this question, you might begin asking yourself: What is reason capable of helping us know and what does it do for our lives? What are its limitations? What thinkers have similar views? Which thinkers are pessimistic about its power? Which one’s are more optimistic? What do they say about the role of hypothesis? Please cite Hobbs Leviathan the Hackett Publishing company 1994 ISBN 978-0-87220-177-4 Asristotle Nicomachean ethics translated by martin Ostwald ISBN: 0-02-389530 Plato Republic translated by GMA Grube ISBN:978-0-87220-136-1 Locke http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/pdfs/locke1689a.pdf Leibniz http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/pdfs/leibniz1697b.pdf

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NameCourseDatePower of Human ReasonReason refers to the human ability to act consciously, make sound decisions, employ logic, be factual and apply beliefs and norms. The reason is depicted in human habits and personality. Their belief system and practices manifest itself in how they're to go about their daily activities. Often, human beings will openly engage in certain activities while decline to be part of others because their reasoning plays a major role. Intelligence, cognition and thinking influence an individual reasoning. Reason and rationality are synonymous in the sense that they act at the same time. When a person is in a position of dilemma, they will have to reason before making any decision, they have to make rational choices since the consequences could be massive. For example, a manager trying to adopt new software has to reason out with a team by analyzing the significances and limitations of the idea and make rational decisions such that they do not affect the reputation and performances of the organization. Reason as it defines individuals has its limitations. Because people have to act according to their belief system, their reasoning is affected, as they would not want to behave in a manner that demeans their ethical considerations. This would hinder change in most cases as change presents new prospects that compromise one's reason. It is common among leaders who allow their reason to take a lead role instead of being open and flexible to let other su

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