About the author: Dr. Smith received his PhD in philosophy and cognitive science from the University of Arizona. He is currently Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Youngstown State University, Ohio. His other works include editing of Historical Foundations of Cognitive Science (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1991), Professional Ethics, with Michael Bayles (International Thomson Publishing, 1996) and numerous reviews and articles in professional journals.2000 0-7734-7648-2
This work is a systematic organization of resources for study of the three central works of the Scottish philosopher Thomas Reid, An Inquiry into the Human Mind on the Principles of Commons Sense (1764), Essays on the Intellectual Powers (1785), and Essays on the Active Powers (1788). Comprehensive subject and name indices allow the reader to quickly access and organize the full range of passages on specific topics and historical figures. The first ever glossary of Reidian terms references their definitive occurrences in the texts. A concise biography describes Reid’s personal life, publishing record, and scholarly role as the founder of the Scottish School of Commonsense Philosophy. In a general introduction, the author presents the essential elements of Reid’s theory of perception and epistemology, which anticipated modern perspectives in philosophy and psychology. There is also a detailed, critical summary of the Inquiry, followed by the most extensive bibliography of works relevant to Reid scholarship published to date.