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Thomas Reid's Theory of Perception

Ryan Nichols

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199276912
eISBN:
9780191707759
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276912.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

The thesis that the mind cannot directly apprehend features of the physical world — what Thomas Reid calls the Way of Ideas — is a staple of Early Modern philosophical tradition. This commitment to ... More


Perceptual Awareness Through Touch

Ryan Nichols

in Thomas Reid's Theory of Perception

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199276912
eISBN:
9780191707759
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276912.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter explains how Reid arrives at his appeal to suggestion by an argument from elimination. It then discusses his application of his theory of suggestion to tactile perception. Reid claims ... More


Empiricism and the Way of Ideas

Ryan Nichols

in Thomas Reid's Theory of Perception

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199276912
eISBN:
9780191707759
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276912.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter brings together some remarks upon Reid's methodological empiricism and attempts to set him apart from these predecessors. By placing thorough limitations upon natural philosophy, he ... More


Visual Perception

Ryan Nichols

in Thomas Reid's Theory of Perception

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199276912
eISBN:
9780191707759
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276912.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter analyzes Reid's theory of visual perception. Specifically, it determines the nature of Reid's theory of visual perception and its implications on a theory of perceptual knowledge. Vision ... More


Answering Molyneux

Ryan Nichols

in Thomas Reid's Theory of Perception

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199276912
eISBN:
9780191707759
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276912.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter analyzes Reid's treatment of the Molyneux question. Molyneux's question can be presented in general form as this: ‘Were a blind person to be given sight, and were a cube and a sphere set ... More


A Historical Objection

Christopher A. Shrock

in Thomas Reid and the Problem of Secondary Qualities

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474417846
eISBN:
9781474438650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417846.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

A final objection to the treatment of secondary qualities as objective, causally relevant, physical properties says that perceived physical properties must resemble the ideas they cause in the ... More


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