exercising reason

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Sadly, it is the same capacity for exercising reason that people employ when they construct elaborate rationalizations of their beliefs and actions.
It would be too much to call their method of organization an obsession, but it is a way of exercising reason that realizes value through care, attention, and devotion to the object of concern.
Reasoning had both instrumental and intrinsic value for Greek educators, the latter stemming from the concept that, insofar as humans were the only species to possess logos (understood as both "logic," the ability to reason, and as "word," the capability for language), we were at our most human when exercising reason.