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The Scottish School of Common Sense Philosophy

Alexander Broadie

in A History of Scottish Philosophy

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780748616275
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652471 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616275.003.0009
The Scottish School of Common Sense Philosophy

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This chapter considers a few ingredients that are arguably central to the common sense philosophy, and indicates some consequent problems concerning the question of membership of the Scottish school, starting by addressing the work by Thomas Reid. Reid does not undertake a definition of ‘mind’, but he says enough to indicate what he is writing about: ‘By the mind of a man, we understand that in him which thinks, remembers, reasons, wills’. A brief consideration of the point that the theorists of ideas appropriated terms in common currency and put those terms to uncommon use is presented. The chapter then reviews Reid's theory of perception, dealing first with perception in general and then turning to visual perception in order to note a major achievement of his. It finally reports the contributions made by Henry Home, George Campbell, Dugald Stewart and Sir William Hamilton.

Keywords: common sense philosophy; Scottish school; Thomas Reid; Henry Home; George Campbell; Dugald Stewart; Sir William Hamilton; visual perception

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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