The Works of Thomas Reid (1); With Account of His Life and Writings
General Books LLC, 2009 - 262 pages
Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1813. Excerpt: ... THE LIFE AND WRITINGS THOMAS REID, D.D. F R S. SECTION 1. FROM DR. REID'S HIRTn TILL THE DATE 01 HIS LATEST PUBLICATION. THE life of whieh I am now to present to the Royal Soeiety a short aeeount, although it fixes an era in the history of modern philosophy, was uneommonly barren of those ineidents whieh furnish materials for biography; strenuously devoted to truth, to virtue, and to the best interests of mankind; but spent in the obseurity of a learned retirement, remote from the pursuits of ambition, and with little solieitude about literary fame. After the agitation, however, of the politieal eonvulsions whieh Europe has witnessed for a eourse of years, the simple reeord of sueh a life may derive an interest even from its uniformity; and, when eontrasted with the events of the passing seene, may lead the thoughts to some views of human nature, on whieh it is not ungrateful to repose. Thomas Reid, D.D. late professor of moral philosophy in the university of Glasgow, was born on the 2Gth of April, 17iO. at Straehan in Kineardineshire, a eountry parish situated about twenty miles from Aberdeen, on the north side of the Grampian mountains. His father, the Reverend Lewis Reid. was minister of this parish for fifty years. He was a elergyman, aeeording to his son's aeeount of him, respeeted by all who knew him, for his piety, prudenee, and benevolenee; inheriting from his aneestors, most of whom, from the time of the protestant establishment, had been ministers of the ehureh of Seotland, that parity and simplieity of manners whieh beeame his station; and a love of letters, whieh, without attraeting the notiee of the world, amused his leisure, and digniGed his retirement. For some generations before his time, a propensity to literature, and to the learned professions; a propensity whieh, ...
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