Understanding Thomas Reid

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


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.

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