David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Scottish Philosophy 6 (1):45-57 (2008)
Thomas Reid has a theory of consciousness that is central to his philosophy of mind but which raises a regress problem. I have two tasks in this paper. The first is to give an account of Reid's views on consciousness and the avoidance of the regress based on textual analysis. The second is to expand the theory of consciousness Reid gives to offer a deeper explanation of how the regress is avoided that is based on Reid's philosophy of mind but goes beyond any text from Reid that I know. The distinction is important. Philosophers are inclined to attribute to a philosopher views that they have invented by studying the philosopher. Both textual analysis and invention based on a philosopher's writings are legitimate uses of the history of philosophy. When they are confused, however, arguments about what the philosopher held generate confusion. If you invent something from his or her philosophy, even something implied by it, that is your philosophy, not the philosopher's. The distinction is important for avoiding useless disputes. This first part of my paper is an attempt to remain true to the texts of Reid. The second part goes beyond the text, though it is what I extrapolate from Reid
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
J. Todd Buras (2005). The Nature of Sensations in Reid. History of Philosophy Quarterly 22 (3):221 - 238.
Nelson Goodman (1968). Languages of Art. Bobbs-Merrill.
David Hume (1739/2000). A Treatise of Human Nature. Oxford University Press.
David Hume (1739/1978). Treatise on Human Nature. Oxford University Press.
Citations of this work BETA
Mark Textor (2013). Brentano on the Dual Relation of the Mental. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 12 (3):465-483.
Similar books and articles
Todd Buras (2009). The Function of Sensations in Reid. Journal of the History of Philosophy 47 (3):pp. 329-353.
Christopher Yeomans (2006). Thomas Reid and Some Regress Arguments. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 88 (1):54-81.
Rebecca Copenhaver (2006). Thomas Reid's Philosophy of Mind: Consciousness and Intentionality. Philosophy Compass 1 (3):279-289.
Daniel Mishori (2003). The Dilemmas of the Dual Channel: Reid on Consciousness and Reflection. Journal of Scottish Philosophy 1 (2):141-155.
Paul Hoffman (2006). Thomas Reid's Notion of Exertion. Journal of the History of Philosophy 44 (3):431-447.
Nicholas Wolterstorff (2006). What Sort of Epistemological Realist Was Thomas Reid? Journal of Scottish Philosophy 4 (2):111-124.
Ryan Nichols (2007). Thomas Reid's Theory of Perception. Oxford University Press.
Etienne Brun-Rovet (2002). Reid, Kant and the Philosophy of Mind. Philosophical Quarterly 52 (209):495-510.
James van Cleve (2008). Reid on Single and Double Vision: Mechanics and Morals. Journal of Scottish Philosophy 6 (1):1-20.
Rebecca Copenhaver (2007). Reid on Consciousness: Hop, Hot or For? Philosophical Quarterly 57 (229):613-634.
Added to index2010-07-11
Total downloads19 ( #104,255 of 1,692,196 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #184,284 of 1,692,196 )
How can I increase my downloads?