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A History of Scottish Philosophy$
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Alexander Broadie

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748616275

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616275.001.0001

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The Scottish School of Common Sense Philosophy

The Scottish School of Common Sense Philosophy

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(p.235) Chapter 9 The Scottish School of Common Sense Philosophy
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A History of Scottish Philosophy
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Alexander Broadie

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748616275.003.0009

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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