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Other patients were shown to be capable of reason and memory, which can be communicated through the power of thought.
I find it very difficult to accept that side of his nature because he was a very intelligent, reasonable man and racism to me is the result of not having a brain capable of reason.
beings capable of reason, ought to be rational" is a dialectical truth and "Our reason ought to be the slave of our passions" is a dialectical contradiction.
Nevertheless, such a refusal is not a conclusive rational proof that he is not capable of reason.
The contrary presumption, that other people are not capable of reason anyway, is a dialectical contradiction, because it amounts to an aprioristic refusal to take their arguments seriously--it amounts to a refusal to even recognize their arguments as what they are: arguments.
My questions and answers do not magically transform a non-rational blob into a responsible, answerable being capable of reason, who will once again become a non-rational blob as soon as I turn my back to him--nor am I so transformed by another's questions and answers.
Within this framework, a jurisprudence of freedom can propose and critically consider ways in which people ought to, or may, interact in various sorts of situations without violating the normative requirements implied in their nature as beings capable of reason.
With few unfortunate exceptions, human beings are capable of reason.
Normative propositions such as "Being capable of reason, human persons ought to be rational" simply do not pass the positivists' muster and should therefore never be used in "scientific reasoning.
This is also true for the validity of the norm "Beings capable of reason ought to respect each other as free, independent, separate persons," which implies that they ought to abstain from using force or other non-rational means against one another unless there is justification for resorting to such means.
Of course, some human beings may not even be capable of reason because of a genetic defect, an accident or an illness.