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Experience, Evidence, and SenseThe Hidden Cultural Legacy of English$
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Anna Wierzbicka

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368000

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368000.001.0001

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Common Sense

Common Sense

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Experience, Evidence, and Sense

Anna Wierzbicka (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Common sense is one of the central values of Anglo culture reflected in the English language. This chapter begins by demonstrating the importance of this value for speakers of English by examining two areas of language use: book titles and the language of the law. It then discusses the meaning of common sense in contemporary English, Thomas Reid and the origin of English common sense, and common sense and the British Enlightenment.

Keywords:   common sense, English culture, Thomas Reid, British Enlightenment

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