ISBN : 9780198783909
Common sense philosophy was one of eighteenth-century Scotland's most original intellectual products. It developed as a viable alternative to modern philosophical scepticism, known as the 'Ideal Theory' or 'the way of ideas'. The nine specially written essays in this volume explore the philosophical and historical significance of common sense philosophy in the Scottish Enlightenment. In recovering the ways in which this school of thought developed during the long eighteenth century, this volume takes an important step toward a more complete understanding of 'the Scottish philosophy' and British philosophy more broadly in the age of Enlightenment.
C. B. Bow: Introduction: Common Sense in the Scottish Enlightenment
1 Giovanni Gellera: Common Sense and Ideal Theory in Seventeenth Century Scottish Philosophy
2 Gordon Graham: Was Reid a Moral Realist?
3 Claire Etchegaray: Reid on Our Mental Constitution
4 Giovanni B. Grandi: On the Ancestry of Reid's Inquiry: Stewart, Fearn, and Reid's Early Manuscripts
5 Esther Engel Kroeker: Reid's Response to Hume's Moral Atheism: Reid on Morality, Common Sense, and Theism
6 R. J. W. Mills: The Common Sense of a Poet: James Beattie's Essay on Truth (1770)
7 James A. Harris: Hume and the Common Sense Philosophers
8 Paul B. Wood: The 'New Empire of Common Sense': The Reception of Common Sense Philosophy in Britain, 1764-1793
9 C. B. Bow: Dugald Stewart and the Legacy of Common Sense in the Scottish Enlightenment