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Thomas Reid on Society and Politics

Papers and Lectures

by (author) Thomas Reid

edited by Knud Haakonssen & Paul Wood

Penn State University Press, Edinburgh University Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2015
Political, Democracy, Ethics & Moral Philosophy
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Thomas Reid on Society and Politics reveals the Enlightenment philosopher’s acute comments on the Scottish political, social, and economic scene. Thomas Reid may not have published much on politics, but his manuscripts reveal that he was deeply concerned with social, political, and economic issues throughout his career. Published here for the first time, Reid's Glasgow lecture notes and his papers to learned societies in Aberdeen and Glasgow show that he was an acute commentator on contemporary politics and that his theoretical ideas framed solutions to some of the practical political and economic problems of his day. This volume explores Reid's eclectic system of political economy, which had considerable affinities with the work of Sir James Steuart. It provides an important contemporary template for comparison with Adam Smith, Reid’s predecessor in the Glasgow chair of moral philosophy. It shows the continuing influence and transformation of long-standing paradigms within Anglo-Scottish thought. It includes a contextualising and critical introduction. All of the manuscripts are fully annotated with explanatory and textual notes.

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Thomas Reid (1710–1796) was a Scottish philosopher. The founder of the Scottish School of Common Sense, he played an integral role in the Scottish Enlightenment.

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Knud Haakonssen is Professor of Intellectual History at the University of Sussex. He is General Editor of The Edinburgh Edition of Thomas Reid.

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Paul Wood has written widely on Thomas Reid and on science and philosophy in the Scottish Enlightenment. He is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Humanities Centre at the University of Victoria, Canada.

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