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Thomas Reid and the story of epistemology /
Nicholas Wolterstorff.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
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xiii, 265 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521790131 (hardback)
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
isbn
0521790131 (hardback)
catalogue key
4225850
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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'This is by far the best book I have read on the philosophy of Reid. It contains a wonderfully clear exposition, and a certain amount of critical comment, all of it well aimed and as lucid as the expository parts of the work ... I have no doubt that Wolterstorff's book will help to swell the number of Reid enthusiasts.' Alexander Broadie, University of Glasgow
'This is by far the best book I have read on the philosophy of Reid. It contains a wonderfully clear exposition, and a certain amount of critical comment, all of it well aimed and as lucid as the expository parts of the work ... I have no doubt that Wolterstorff's book will help to swell the number of Reid enthusiasts.'Alexander Broadie, University of Glasgow
'Wolterstorff strikes the right balance between precision and fidelity to Reid's text, and a briskly-paced treatment that enables the reader to keep the main lines of Reid's thought in mind without having to be constantly reminded of them. This, along with the book's manageable size and eminent readability, should assure the book a wide audience, including a substantial 'crossover' group between history, epistemology, and history of philosophy.' Stephen Darwall, University of Michigan
'Wolterstorff strikes the right balance between precision and fidelity to Reid's text, and a briskly-paced treatment that enables the reader to keep the main lines of Reid's thought in mind without having to be constantly reminded of them. This, along with the book's manageable size and eminent readability, should assure the book a wide audience, including a substantial 'crossover' group between history, epistemology, and history of philosophy.'Stephen Darwall, University of Michigan
'Wolterstorff strikes the right balance between precision and fidelity to Reid’s text, and a briskly-paced treatment that enables the reader to keep the main lines of Reid’s thought in mind without having to be constantly reminded of them. This, along with the book’s manageable size and eminent readability, should assure the book a wide audience, including a substantial 'crossover’ group between history, epistemology, and history of philosophy.’Stephen Darwall, University of Michigan
"Wolterstorff strikes the right balance between precision and fidelity to Reid's text, and a briskly-paced treatment that enables the reader to keep the main lines of Reid's thought in mind without having to be constantly reminded of them. This, along with the book's manageable size and eminent readability, should assure the book a wide audience, including a substantial "crossover" group between history, epistemology, and history of philosophy." Stephen Darwall, University of Michigan
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Nicholas Wolterstorff's comparative analysis of Thomas Reid's epistemology relates Reid's philosophy to present-day epistemological discussions. This timely and relevant volume will be of great interest to historians of philosophy as well as philosophers concerned with epistemology and the philosophy of mind. Hb ISBN (2000): 0-521-79013-1
Main Description
The two great philosophical figures at the culminating point of the Enlightenment are Thomas Reid in Scotland and Immanuel Kant in Germany. Reid was by far the most influential across Europe and the United States well into the nineteenth century. Since that time his fame and influence have been eclipsed by his German contemporary. This important book by one of today's leading philosophers of knowledge and religion will do much to reestablish the significance of Reid for philosophy today. Nicholas Wolterstorff has produced the first systematic account of Reid's epistemology. Relating Reid's philosophy to present-day epistemological discussions the author demonstrates how they are at once remarkably timely, relevant, and provocative. No other book both uncovers the deep pattern of Reid's thought and relates it to contemporary philosophical debate. This book should be read by historians of philosophy as well as all philosophers concerned with epistemology and the philosophy of mind.
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Thomas Reid's fame and influence have been eclipsed by Immanual Kant since the 19th century. This book reestablishes the significance of Reid for philosophy today.
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This important book will do much to reestablish the significance of Thomas Reid for philosophy today. Nicholas Wolterstorff has produced the first systematic account of Reid's epistemology. Relating Reid's philosophy to present-day epistemological discussions the author demonstrates how they are at once remarkably timely, relevant, and provocative.
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This important book will do much to reestablish the significance of Thomas Reid for philosophy today. Nicholas Wolterstorff has produced the first systematic account of Reid's epistemology. Relating Reid's philosophy to present-day epistemological discussions the author demonstrates how they are at once remarkably timely, relevant, and provocative. There is no competing book that both uncovers the deep pattern of Reid's thought and relates it to contemporary philosophical debate. It must be read by historians of philosophy as well as all philosophers concerned with epistemology and the philosophy of mind.
Table of Contents
Preface
Reid's questions
The way of ideas: structure and motivation
Reid's opening attack: nothing is explained
The attack continues: there's not the resemblance
Reid's analysis of perception: the standard schema
An exception (or two) to Reid's Standard Schema
The epistemology of testimony
Reid's way with the skeptic
Common sense
In conclusion: living wisely in the darkness
Index
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