Reid Notes - Thomas Reid & Common Sense Philosophy Key...

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Thomas Reid & Common Sense Philosophy Key Questions: •What assumptions underlie Descartes’ and Hume’s theories? •How else can we explain our knowledge of the external world?
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Reid and Common Sense • Reid is responding the kinds of deep skepticism about the external world developed by philosophers like Descartes, Hume, John Locke, and George Berkeley • Hume and Reid were contemporaries
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Reid and Common Sense • Reid believes that Descartes and Hume operate from some set of assumptions that lead inevitably to skepticism. – Descartes’ skepticism leads me to believe that I can only be certain of my own existence – Hume’s skepticism runs deeper: I can only be certain that there are ideas and impressions . I have no understanding of a mind independent of these ideas and impressions.
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Reid and Common Sense • But this is an unacceptable conclusion. So what are our options? – 1) Abandon philosophy entirely • “If Philosophy Contradicts herself, befools her votaries, and deprives then of every object worthy to be pursued or enjoyed, let her be sent back to the infernal regions from which she must have had her original.” – 2) Re-interpret our vision of how philosophy must proceed .
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This note was uploaded on 09/19/2011 for the course PHIL 1 taught by Professor Hanson during the Spring '10 term at DeAnza College.

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