Reid, Thomas (1710–1796)

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List of works

  • Reid, T. (1764) An Inquiry into the Human Mind, On the Principles of Common Sense, Edinburgh; repr. as ‘An Abstract of the Inquiry into the Human Mind on the Principles of Common Sense’, ed. D.F. Norton, in S.F. Barker and T. Beauchamp (eds) Thomas Reid: Critical Interpretations, Philadelphia, PA: Philosophical Monographs.

  • Reid, T. (1780) Lectures on Natural Theology, repr. in Thomas Reid’s Lectures on Natural Theology, ed. E.H. Duncan, Washington, DC: University Press of America, 1981.

  • Reid, T. (1785) Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man, Edinburgh.

  • Reid, T. (1788) Essays on the Active Powers of the Human Mind, Edinburgh.

  • Reid, T. (1895) The Correspondence of Dr. Reid in The Works of Thomas Reid, D.D., ed. W. Hamilton, Edinburgh: Thin, 8th edn.

  • Reid, T. (1937) Philosophical Orations of Thomas Reid, ed. W.R. Humphries, Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press.

  • Reid, T. (1965) ‘Unpublished Letters of Thomas Reid to Lord Kames’, ed. I.S. Ross, Texas Studies in Literature and Language 7: 17–65.

  • Reid, T. (1976) ‘An Abstract of the Inquiry into the Human Mind on the principles of Common Sense’, ed. D.F. Norton, in S.F. Barker and T. Beauchamp (eds) Thomas Reid: Critical Interpretations, Philadelphia, PA: Philosophical Monographs.

  • Reid, T. (1982) Cura Prima, ed. D.F. Norton, appended to L. Marcil-Lacoste, Claude Buffier and Thomas Reid: Two Common Sense Philosophers, Kingston and Montreal, Que.: McGill-Queens University Press.

  • Reid, T. (1988) The Philosophical Orations of Thomas Reid, ed. D.D. Todd, trans. S.D. Sulivan, Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.

  • Reid, T. (1990) Thomas Reid: Practical Ethics, ed. K. Haakonssen, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

References and further reading

  • Dalgarno, M. (1984) ‘Reid’s Natural Jurisprudence: The Language of Rights and Duties’, in V. Hope (ed.) Philosophers of the Scottish Enlightenment, Edinburgh, 13–31.

    (A clear and helpful introductory paper, discussed in 6.)

  • Dalgarno, M. and Matthews, E. (1989) The Philosophy of Thomas Reid, Dordrecht, Boston, MA and London: Kluwer.

    (Contains useful papers on perception, sensation, common sense, mind and action, aesthetics, moral and political obligation, as well as material on the historical context and a helpful bibliography. Invaluable for the serious intending student.)

  • Daniels, N. (1974) Thomas Reid’s Inquiry: The Geometry of Visibles and the Case for Realism, New York: Franklin.

    (A simple exposition of Reid’s non-euclidean geometry of visibles.)

  • Ferreira, M.J. (1986) Scepticism and Reasonable Doubt, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

    (Ably expounds and discusses Reid on first principles and probable reasoning.)

  • Gallie, R.D. (1989) Thomas Reid and ‘The Way of Ideas’, Dordrecht, Boston, MA and London: Kluwer.

    (Contains useful discussions of perception, conception, signification, active power, continuity and the self, and first principles.)

  • Gracyk, T. (1987) ‘The Failure of Thomas Reid’s Aesthetics’, Monist 70 (4): 465–482.

    (A stimulating paper on this subject discussed in 4 and 5. There are other interesting papers on Reid in the same number.)

  • Haldane, J. (1993) ‘Whose Theory? Which Representations?’, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 74 (3): 247–257.

    (Further valuable discussion on Reid and modern representationalism in response to Stecker (1992).)

  • Kivy, P. (1973) Thomas Reid’s Lectures on the Fine Arts, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff.

    (Although the lecture notes on which the text is based are not in Reid’s hand the text is an invaluable source for the serious student of Reid’s aesthetics.)

  • Lehrer, K. (1989) Thomas Reid, London and New York: Routledge.

    (Ingeniously applies a computational mind model approach to Reid in order to illuminate important areas of Reid’s thought-perception, memory and conception, first principles and morality. Contains useful bibliographical information. A stimulating analytical introduction to much of Reid’s philosophy suitable for advanced undergraduate students and beyond.)

  • Stecker, R. (1992) ‘Thomas Reid’s Philosophy of Action’, Philosophical Studies 66 (2): 197–208.

    (Able discussion of whether Reid’s insights into decision and action require a libertarian framework.)

  • Stecker, R. (1992) ‘Does Reid Reject/Refute the Representational Theory of Mind?’, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 73 (2): 174–184.

    (Argues clearly that Lehrer’s contention that there are sufficient materials in Reid to refute modern representationalism is not well founded.)

  • Rowe, W.L. (1991) Thomas Reid on Freedom and Morality, Ithaca, NY and London: Cornell University Press.

    (Clear and thorough exposition and discussion of Reid, as well as of Locke, Collins and Clarke, in the areas of decision, free action, causation and motivation.)

  • Schulthess, D. (1983) Philosophie et Sens Commun chez Thomas Reid, Berne: Lang.

    (A clear and readable exposition of nearly all aspects of Reid’s philosophy.)

Citing this article:
Gallie, Roger. Bibliography. Reid, Thomas (1710–1796), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DB059-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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