Reason is nothing but reckoning  

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"Reason is nothing but reckoning" is a dictum by Thomas Hobbes recorded in Leviathan.

The full fragment reads:

Reason Defined
Out of all which we may define, (that is to say determine,) what that is, which is meant by this word Reason, when wee reckon it amongst the Faculties of the mind. For Reason, in this sense, is nothing but Reckoning (that is, Adding and Substracting) of the Consequences of generall names agreed upon, for the Marking and Signifying of our thoughts; I say Marking them, when we reckon by our selves; and Signifying, when we demonstrate, or approve our reckonings to other men.

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