On the Subtleties of Reidian Pragmatism: A Reply to Magnus

Journal of Scottish Philosophy 2 (1):73-77 (2004)
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In this paper I respond to P.D. Magnus’ critique of an earlier paper of mine on Thomas Reid’s theory of common sense. In the earlier paper (The Scottish Pragmatist? The Dilemma of Common Sense and the Pragmatist Way Out, Reid Studies 2, 1999, 47-57) I argued that Reid faces a dilemma between dogmatism and scepticism but that there are also hints in his work towards a pragmatist way out of the problem. P.D. Magnus, in a response to this paper (Reid’s Dilemma and the Uses of Pragmatism, Journal of Scottish Philosophy 2, 2004, 69-72), criticizes me for misidentifying the kind of pragmatism one can find in Reid. In this paper I defend my interpretation of Reid and spell the relevant kind of pragmatism out in more detail.
Keywords Thomas Reid  Pragmatism  P.D. Magnus
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DOI 10.3366/jsp.2004.2.1.73
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P. D. Magnus (2004). Reid's Dilemma and the Uses of Pragmatism. Journal of Scottish Philosophy 2 (1):69-72.
John Kekes (1979). A New Defence of Common Sense. American Philosophical Quarterly 16 (2):115 - 122.

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