Understanding Thomas Reid

  • Garrett Allen
Keywords: philosophy, thomas reid, hume, alston

Abstract

Thomas Reid offers a powerful challenge to Hume and his skeptical system. In “Thomas Reid on Epistemic Principles,” William Alston gives an explanation of that challenge and concludes in favor of a Reidian-inspired thesis. I argue, however, that Alston’s thesis is a diluted version of Reid’s radical position, one that Reid’s principles cannot accommodate. Thus, I conclude that, because Alston’s position is not available, we are left with Reid’s radical thesis, with which we are rightly uncomfortable.

Published
2012-09-12
How to Cite
Allen, G. (2012). Understanding Thomas Reid. Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, 5(1), 55-62. Retrieved from https://openjournals.bsu.edu/stance/article/view/1809
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