Thomas Reid and the story of epistemology


Thomas Reid and the story of epistemology

Nicholas Wolterstorff

(Modern European philosophy)

Cambridge University Press, 2001

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Includes index



The two great philosophical figures at the culminating point of the Enlightenment are Thomas Reid in Scotland and Immanuel Kant in Germany. Reid was by far the most influential across Europe and the United States well into the nineteenth century. Since that time his fame and influence have been eclipsed by his German contemporary. This important book by one of today's leading philosophers of knowledge and religion will do much to reestablish the significance of Reid for philosophy today. Nicholas Wolterstorff has produced the first systematic account of Reid's epistemology. Relating Reid's philosophy to present-day epistemological discussions the author demonstrates how they are at once remarkably timely, relevant, and provocative. No other book both uncovers the deep pattern of Reid's thought and relates it to contemporary philosophical debate. This book should be read by historians of philosophy as well as all philosophers concerned with epistemology and the philosophy of mind.


  • Preface
  • 1. Reid's questions
  • 2. The way of ideas: structure and motivation
  • 3. Reid's opening attack: nothing is explained
  • 4. The attack continues: there's not the resemblance
  • 5. Reid's analysis of perception: the standard schema
  • 6. An exception (or two) to Reid's Standard Schema
  • 7. The epistemology of testimony
  • 8. Reid's way with the skeptic
  • 9. Common sense
  • 10. In conclusion: living wisely in the darkness
  • Index.

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