Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man

Pennsylvania State University Press (2002)
Abstract
Thomas Reid was a philosopher who founded the Scottish school of 'common sense'. Much of Reid's work is a critique of his contemporary, David Hume , whose empiricism he rejects. In this work, written after Reid's appointment to a professorship at the university of Glasgow, and published in 1785, he turns his attention to ideas about perception, memory, conception, abstraction, judgement, reasoning and taste. He examines the work of his predecessors and contemporaries, arguing that 'when we find philosophers maintaining that there is no heat in the fire, nor colour in the rainbow … we may be apt to think the whole to be only a dream of fanciful men, who have entangled themselves in cobwebs spun out of their own brain'. Written by one of the Scottish Enlightenment's most important thinkers, this work brings to life the intellectual debates of the time
Keywords Knowledge, Theory of  Intellect
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Call number B1533.I4 2002
ISBN(s) 1148919066   1162959568   1152898272   1459048261   1152898256   1163424692   1152898299   0271022361     9780511997150
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