Liberty and Necessity after Reid

James A. Harris

in Of Liberty and Necessity

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780199268603
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603136 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs

Liberty and Necessity after Reid

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In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, the terms of the free will debate are regarded as having been set by the confrontation between Priestley and Reid. A Reidian libertarianism is developed by James Gregory and Dugald Stewart, while English writers such as Thomas Belsham and William Godwin take up Priestley’s version of necessitarianism. For Stewart, as for Locke, the principal question concerning liberty and necessity is the character of introspective experience.

Keywords: Reid; Priestley; Gregory; Belsham; Godwin; Stewart; liberty; necessity

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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