Man of reasons..

Posted by Lewis on September 22, 2003

In Reply to: Man of reasons.. posted by sam on September 18, 2003

: I would like to know as to what this phrase "man of reasons" exactly means and where can I use them ..

: sam

I think that you mean a "man of reason" - to be a man of reason has been the ideal in a number of philosophies, but it is in contrast not just to the man of superstition/religion/instinct, but also may imply a certain isolationist stance.

Amongst fictional characters, Sherlock Holmes is described in that cerebral way - but also with having a disinterest for emotion, save as a subject for study. (I think that is most exemplified in "the sign of four" where he laments that Watson, his side-kick, has found love, which is the enemy of reason.)

I would suggets that, due to nuances, you use 'man of reason' much more sparingly than 'reasonable man' or 'clear-thinking' which do not have the overtones.