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Thomas Reid on Mind, Knowledge, and Value$
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Rebecca Copenhaver and Todd Buras

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198733676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733676.001.0001

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Pragmatism and Reid’s “Third Way”

Pragmatism and Reid’s “Third Way”

(p.178) 9 Pragmatism and Reid’s “Third Way”
Thomas Reid on Mind, Knowledge, and Value

Patrick Rysiew

Oxford University Press

It is uncontroversial that there is a historical connection between Reid and American pragmatism. What is unclear is whether, as has recently been suggested, Reid’s own views—in particular, his epistemological views—contain an important pragmatist element. This chapter agues in the affirmative, but suggests that commentators have mischaracterized the pragmatist character of Reid’s position, including his response to the skeptic: “the primacy of practice” constitutes an essential feature of his epistemological views proper and his distinctive “third way” between dogmatism and skepticism.

Keywords:   Thomas Reid, pragmatism, epistemology, skepticism

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