Thomas Reid

Philosopher, Author

1710 – 1796

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Who was Thomas Reid?

Thomas Reid FRSE was a religiously trained Scottish philosopher, a contemporary of David Hume as well as "Hume's earliest and fiercest critic." He was the founder of the Scottish School of Common Sense and played an integral role in the Scottish Enlightenment. The early part of his life was spent in Aberdeen and he graduated from the University of Aberdeen. He began his career as a Minister of the Church of Scotland but ceased to be a Minister when he was given a professorship at King's College, Aberdeen in 1752. He obtained his doctorate and wrote An Inquiry Into the Human Mind on the Principles of Common Sense. He and his colleagues founded the 'Aberdeen Philosophical Society' which was popularly known as the 'Wise Club'. Shortly after the publication of his first book, he was given the prestigious Professorship of Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow when he was called to replace Adam Smith. He resigned from this position in 1781, after which he prepared his university lectures for publication in two books: Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man and Essays on the Active Powers of the Human Mind.

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Born
Apr 26, 1710
Kincardineshire
Also known as
  • Рид, Томас
Ethnicity
  • Scottish people
Profession
Education
  • University of Aberdeen
  • Marischal College
Died
Oct 7, 1796
Glasgow

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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