An Inquiry Into the Human Mind on the Principles of Common Sense: A Critical Edition

Front Cover
Penn State Press, 2000 - Philosophy - 345 pages
0 Reviews

Thomas Reid's Inquiry has long been recognized as a classic philosophical text. Since its first publication in 1764, there have followed no less than forty editions. The proliferation of secondary literature further indicates that Reid's work is flourishing as never before. Yet Reid scholars have been acutely aware of proceeding without the full textual evidence. There exist thousands of unpublished manuscript pages in Reid's hand, many of which relate directly to the composition of Inquiry. Furthermore, no account has been taken of the successive alterations made to the four editions published in Reid's lifetime. The present edition, therefore, aims to present a complete, critically edited text of the Inquiry, accompanied by a judicious selection of manuscript evidence relating to its composition.

The volume contains an editor preface presenting the raison d'Ítre for the edition followed by an introduction giving the central argument of the Inquiry by means of an historical and philosophical account of its formation; an account which also indicates the significance of the MSS contained in the section containing related documents. The critical text is based on the fourth life-time edition (1785), while the textual notes include bibliographical details and allusions, translations, references to secondary literature, and selected passages from Reid's MSS.

  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

INTRODUCTION
11
l5 and of scepticism
19
Of Smelling
25
suggested by our constitution The notion of relations
36
10
40
Chap Ill Of Tasting
46
4
50
CHAP V
54
10
112
15
140
Conclusion
203
Explanatory Notes
219
Textual Notes
235
Editorial Principles
252
The Aberdeen Philosophical Society
266
Miscellaneous
316

Of Seeing
77
7
95
9
103

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2000)

Derek R. Brookes is an independent scholar and the coeditor of Thomas Reid: Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man (Penn State, 2002). He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Australian National University.

Bibliographic information