Thomas Reid: Context,Influence,Significance

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Thomas Reid taught philosophy at Aberdeen and Glasgow in the latter half of the eighteenth century. Reid counters the general scepticism at which, it seemed, philosophy had arrived, especially in the writings of Hume. Reid holds that his sceptical opponents magnify problems for themselves by supposing that we perceive only idea, rather than things and he insists that no sceptic can maintain scepticism in practice. His alternative theory of knowledge, his views about causation and freedom of the will and his supporting arguments had great influence through the nineteenth century. Their force is being felt again with some distinctive doctrines, such as the communal character of knowledge, being given new and appreciative attention. In this collection of papers, many first delivered at a conference at the University of Glasgow held to celebrate the bi-centenary of Reid's death, the eminent contributors open a number and variety of doors into Reid and remind us that he remains a relevant force today.