Companion to the works of Philosopher Thomas Reid (1710-1796)

Author: Smith, John-Christian
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.


“As a contribution to scholarship in the field, this companion should prove to be an indispensable addition to the libraries of researchers and scholars interested in an understanding of Reid’s views and in the history and study of philosophy in general.” – Keith Lehrer

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
Foreword; Preface
1. Introduction: Reid and Natural Realism
2. Biography of Reid
3. Summary of the Inquiry: Introduction; Of Smelling; Tasting; Hearing; Touch; Seeing; Conclusion
4. Glossary of Reidian Terms
5. Chronological Bibliography; Publications of Reid’s works; books; Articles; Dissertations
6. Name Index
7. Subject Index
8. Page Conversion Tables