Thomas Reid on Religion

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Edited by James J.S.Foster

This volume — a companion to Thomas Reid: Selected Philosophical Writings (2012) — makes available material from Thomas Reid’s autograph manuscripts and student notes of his lectures. It includes an introductory essay by Nicholas Wolterstorff.

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Thomas Reid was one of the greatest thinkers of the Scottish Enlightenment. In his own time he was seen as the most able opponent of the scepticism of David Hume and the architect of ‘Common Sense’ philosophy. His ideas were immensely influential both in his native Scotland and abroad, and the last forty years have seen a marked revival of interest in his work. Reid published very little about religion and his notes from the lectures on natural theology that he regularly gave have not survived. This volume — a companion to Thomas Reid: Selected Philosophical Writings (Imprint Academic, 2012) — makes available material from Reid’s autograph manuscripts, housed in the University of Aberdeen Library, and student notes of Reid’s lectures, edited from original manuscripts in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow. It includes an introductory essay by Nicholas Wolterstorff, a leading philosopher of religion and interpreter of Reid.

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    “After a century and a half of neglect, Thomas Reid is now recognised as one of the great philosophers of the Scottish Enlightenment. To date, however, our sources on his thinking about religion have been partial, fragmentary and inadequately documented. James Foster deserves praise and thanks for his careful work in assembling and editing the fruits of his research on several sets of student notes and material in Reid’s own hand. The book marks a highlight in what has already proved to be an invaluable series for bringing the thought of Scottish philosophers to a broad readership.”

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    From the introduction: “Foster has brought to light, in a much more satisfactory form than hitherto, this essential component of Reid’s thought.”

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