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practical reason

(in Kantian ethics) reason applied to the problem of action and choice, especially in ethical matters.
Origin of practical reason
1895-1900 Unabridged
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  • Also there's a practical reason: a knit garment stretches more than a woven textile.
  • And there is no practical reason why the group should limit itself to helping businesses borrow money.
  • But communication is not the only practical reason for going into space.
  • There's a practical reason to make your marker set thinner, the algorithm runs much faster.
  • The first approach, cognitive-decision, is distinctive for its examination of the concept of practical reason.
  • Friendship is used as a practical reason from an early age, while its use as a moral reason develops later.
  • The practical reason for doing so is that to a great extent adult educators control the educational context.
  • The rest of the cowboy's equipment was adopted for the same practical reason.
  • For this practical reason, clinical matters take precedence in time and importance over economics.
  • His objection also, and more fundamentally, involves a problem from the standpoint of practical reason.
British Dictionary definitions for practical reason

practical reason

noun (philosophy, logic)
the faculty by which human beings determine how to act
reasoning concerning the relative merits of actions
the principles governing arguments which issue in actions or intentions to act
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