The Philosophy of Common Sense <sup>1</sup>

Henry Sidgwick

in Essays on Ethics and Method

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250234
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598432 | DOI:

Series: British Moral Philosophers

 The Philosophy of Common Sense     1

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In this chapter, Sidgwick analyses the position of Thomas Reid, who appeals to Common Sense (as the source and warrant of certain primary data of knowledge) to argue that the mere ridiculousness of Hume's conclusions provides good reason to dismiss them. In defending Reid against Kant's condemnation, Sidgwick undertakes to present his own philosophy of common sense, which greatly influenced what came be known as the ‘Cambridge School of Philosophy’.

Keywords: Cambridge School; common sense; Hume; Kant; knowledge; Reid; Sidgwick

Chapter.  6421 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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