common sense school

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Title for a school of Scottish philosophy, whose most distinguished member was Thomas Reid, but which was widely disseminated by teachers, especially in the United States. It stood for opposition to Hume, and what was seen as Hume's scepticism. If philosophy throws the basic tenets of common sense into doubt, then it is the philosophy that is mistaken and not the common sense. See also Moore.

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