Inquiry Into the Human Mind: On the Principles of Common Sense

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Edinburgh University Press, 2000 - Common sense - 345 pages
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Thomas Reid (1710-96) is increasingly being seen as a highly significant philosopher and a central figure in the Scottish Enlightenment. This edition of Reid's classic philosophical text in the philosophy of mind at long last gives scholars a complete critically edited text of the Inquiry. The critical text is based on the fourth life-time edition (1785). A selection of related documents showing the development of Reid's thought, textual notes, bibliographical details of previous editions, and a full introduction by the editor makes this an important contribution to the study of this increasingly respected philosopher.Key Features:*Complete, critically edited text of the Inquiry accompanied by a judicious selection of manuscript evidence relating to its composition.*Comprehensive Introduction providing an historical and philosophical account of the formation of the Inquiry.*Detailed textual notes which include bibliographical details and allusions, translations, references to secondary literature and selected passages from Reid's MSS.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
11
and of scepticism
19
Of Smelling
25
CHAP III
44
Chap Ill Of Tasting
46
CHAP V
54
Of Seeing
77
Sect Page 4 That colour is a quality of bodies not a sensation of the mind
85
Squinting considered hypothetic ally
139
Facts relating to squinting
148
Of the effect of custom in seeing objects single
151
OfDr Porterfields account of single and double vision
156
OfDr Briggss theory and Sir Isaac Newtons conjecture 20 on this subject
159
Of perception in general
167
Of the process of nature in perception
174
Of the signs by which we learn to perceive distance from the eye
178

An inference from the preceding
87
That none of our sensations are resemblances of any of the qualities of bodies
90
Of visible figure and extension
95
Some queries concerning visible figure answered
98
Of the geometry of visibles
103
Of the parallel motion of the eyes
112
Of our seeing objects erect by inverted images
114
The same subject continued
120
Of seeing objects single with two eyes
132
Of the laws of vision in brute animals
137
Of the signs used in other acquired perceptions
187
Of the analogy between perception and the credit we give to human testimony
190
Chap Vn Conclusion
203
Explanatory Notes
219
Textual Notes
235
MANUSCRIPTS
251
The Aberdeen Philosophical Society
266
Miscellaneous
316
Register of Editions
333
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Derek R. Brookes is the editor of Thomas Reid's An Inquiry into the Human Mind on the Principles of Common Sense (Edinburgh University Press, 1997). He has a PhD in philosophy from the Australian National University.

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