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Reid's Common Sense

Ernest Sosa

in Reflective Knowledge

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780199217250
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191696053 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217250.003.0004
Reid's Common Sense

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This chapter addresses the question of whether we can find in the writings of Thomas Reid a commonsense alternative to virtuous circularity? It argues that Reid eventually must face a problem of vicious circularity like the one he deems fatal to Descartes, one that, ironically, we can best escape by following Descartes’ lead.

Keywords: Thomas Reid; virtuous circularity; Descartes; commonsense; principles

Chapter.  6426 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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