Raison d’etre

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

The “reason to be” of a product or idea.

How something, particularly legal, can be based on “rationale,” or evidence, which becomes intelligent once justified and therefore “truth,” then is subsequently believed.  It is “raison d’etre” or “reasoning” that uses a technique such as “rationale” which informs how it is transferred into a knowledge status or belief status.  It is the process from which something abstract will use information to mold a kind of truth, from where there is nothing.  It is how something, either, comes to exist as in the case of  an artwork, or how something comes to be accepted as truth or considered factual. It also relates to how things such as “justified true belief” or “JTB” are considered knowledge.  Raison d’etre is a kind of gateway to knowledge and a kind of birthing into existence.  It may use things like because of here, there.  It is to exist based on criterion.  There are guiding forces in raison d’etre. It is the cracking down in design.  It may be evidentiary, as if via persuasion, one may arrive at clear points directed towards a thesis. 

Excerpt from “Sago Palm” By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

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