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Thomas Reid on Common Sense - Dictionary of Arguments

Breidert I 216
Common sense/Breidert: the common sense philosophy was particularly strong in 18th century Scotland. Representative: Thomas Reid.

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Gadamer I 30
There is no doubt that the Aristotelian-scholastic tradition of the sensus communis has become effective. The study of...
Gadamer I 31
The development of the senses and their capacity for cognition is drawn from this tradition and is ultimately intended to correct the exaggerations of philosophical speculation. (Thomas ReidVsMetaphysics).
Gadamer: But at the same time the reference of the common sense to society is recorded: Reid: » They serve to direct us in the common affairs of life, where our reasoning faculty would leave us in the dark«. In their eyes, the philosophy of common sense, of good sense, is not only a remedy against that of metaphysics - it also contains the basis of a moral philosophy that really does justice to the life of society.
Gadamer: The moral motive in the concept of common sense or bon sens has remained effective to this day and distinguishes these concepts from our concept of "Gesunder Menschenverstand". >Bon sens/Bergson, >Sensus communis.

1. Thomas Reid, The philosophical Works, ed. Hamilton, eighth edition, 1895.

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Reid I
Th. Reid
An Inquiry into the Human Mind on the Principles of Common Sense: A Critical Edition 2000

Ber I
W. Breidert
Grundprobleme der großen Philosophen, J. Speck (Hg), Göttingen 1997

Gadamer I
Hans-Georg Gadamer
Wahrheit und Methode. Grundzüge einer philosophischen Hermeneutik 7. durchgesehene Auflage Tübingen 1960/2010

Gadamer II
H. G. Gadamer
The Relevance of the Beautiful, London 1986
German Edition:
Die Aktualität des Schönen: Kunst als Spiel, Symbol und Fest Stuttgart 1977

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