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Definition

  • Q&A: Man the Rational Animal: 1 Jul 2012, Question 4
  • Question: What does it mean to say that "man is a rational animal"? The fact that man is a rational animal distinguishes him from all other living entities and makes the whole of philosophy possible and necessary. But, taking a step back, what does it mean to say that man is a (or the) rational animal? What is rationality, not as a virtue, but as the essential characteristic of man?

    Tags: Definition, Epistemology, Human Nature, Reason


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