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Thomas Reid's Theory of Perception
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Thomas Reid's Theory of Perception

Ryan Nichols


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 the direct awareness of, and only of, mental representations unifies the otherwise divergent philosophical systems of Rationalists and Empiricists. Thomas Reid battles against this thesis on many fronts, in particular over the nature of perception. This book lays the groundwork for Reid's theory of perception by developing Reid's unheralded argument against a representational theory of thought, whic ... More

Keywords: Way of Ideas, the mind, Thomas Reid, nature of perception, representational theory of thought, intentionality of perceptual states, signs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199276912
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276912.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ryan Nichols, author
California State University at Fullerton
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