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Reid, Thomas

Record IDcnp01883374
Biographical Data1710 - 1796
Place of BirthStrachan
Place of DeathGlasgow, GB
Last Edit2016-10-25

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Philosoph, Grossbritannien
Schott. Philosoph, Professor für Moralphilosophie an der Universität Glasgow
Philosophe. Note de regroupement par domaine: Philosophie (100).
Schott. Philosoph.
Natural and moral philosopher. Born Strachan, Kincardineshire 1710. Educated Kincardine O'Neill parish school, then Aberdeen grammar school 1722. Entered Marischal Coll., 1723, M.A. 1726 then continued studies. Licensed to preach by Kincardine O'Neill 1731, served there 1732-3. Librarian, Marischal Coll., 1733-6. Visited England 1736. Presented to the living of Newmachar 1737. Regent, King's Coll., 1751. One of the founders of the Aberdeen Philosophical Society 1758. Honorary D.D., Marischal Coll., 1762. Published Inquiry into the Human Mind, on the Principles of Common Sense 1764. Professor of moral philosophy, University of Glasgow, May 1764-80. Burgess and guild brother of Glasgow Sept 1764. Represented Univ. of Glasgow at general assembly of Church of Scotland 1767, 1772. Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783. Vice-rector, Univ. of Glasgow 1784-5. Active in the Glasgow Literary Society. Published two major works 1785, 1788. Died Glasgow 1796.
Natural and moral philosopher. Born near Aberdeen, Reid studied at Marischal College in New Aberdeen, graduating AM in 1726. He was ordained into the Church of Scotland and became the minister of Kincardine O'Neil in Aberdeenshire. It was during this period that he studied Hume's Treatise, and by the time he was appointed to a regentship at King's College Aberdeen - though his duties required him to teach a wide range of subjects - his principal interest lay in philosophy. In 1764 he was appointed Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. His major works are An inquiry into the Human Mind on the Principles of Common Sense (1764), Essays on Intellectual Powers of Man (1785) and Essays on the Active Powers of Man (1788). These established him both as a trenchant critic of Hume and a major figure in the formulation of the Common Sense alternative. Reid's philosophical ideas remain of great interest. They are marked by a striking lucidity of thought and expression. The substantial amount of manuscripts that have been preserved shows that his intellectual interests were far wider than those represented in his published works. He was a considerable mathematician, he concerned himself with most of the natural and social sciences of his day, and he was actively engaged both in the universities he served and in wider society.

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Further Biographical Data26.04.1710-07.10.1796
Strachan, 26.04.1710-07.10.1796
1710 - 1796
Intellectual ResponsibilityAuteur
Primary Language(s)English
ActivityPersonen zu Philosophie (4.7p) (sswd)
Philosoph (gnd)
Geographic NoteGB (iso3166)

Place of Activity

Place of BirthStrachan, GB (1710)
Lieu de naissance
Strachan (1710)
Lieu de naissance
Place of ActivityAberdeen, County
im Ort Strachan. -- Geburtsort
Place of DeathGlasgow
Glasgow, GB (1796)
Lieu de mort

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University of Glasgow


HeadingReid, Thomas
used in: Personal Names Authority File (PND), Germany
Reid, Thomas
used in: Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris; British Library: English Short Title Catalogue - AACR2 Heading, London (United Kingdom); Koninklijke Bibliotheek - National Library of the Netherlands, Den Haag (Netherlands)
Reid, Thomas
used in: Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris
Reid, Thomas, D.D.
used in: British Library: English Short Title Catalogue - GK Heading, London (United Kingdom)
Reid, Thomas, Philosoph
used in: Personal Names Authority File (PND), Germany; Common Library Network (GBV), Göttingen (Germany)
Reid, Thomas
used in: The University of Aberdeen Library
Variant NameReid, Tho.


Found inLCAuth. — BLNA, 2000-12. — Larousse 19e s.. — WBIS - http://db.saur.de/WBIS (2013-01-03). — BN Cat. gén.. — GK55. — NUC. — M. — LOC. — DNB. — King's Fasti 62, 63. — Marischal Fasti 74, 84, 301. — Papers of Thomas Reid at: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/historic/Thomas_Reid. — DNB
Imprint SourcesReid, Thomas: Untersuchungen über den menschlichen Geist. - 1782
Practical ethics : being lectures and papers on natural religion, self-government, natural jurisprudence and the law of nations / Thomas Reid ; ed. from the manuscripts with an introd. and a comment. by Knud Haakonssen, 1990
Recherches sur l'entendement humain, d'après les ... / By Thomas Reid., 1768
Reid, Thomas: An inquiry into the human mind, on the principle of common sense. - 1765
Reid, Thomas: Essays on the active powers of man. - 1788
Reid, Thomas: Essays on the powers of the human mind. - 1827
Reid, Thomas: Philosophical works
Reid, Thomas: Recherches sur l'entendement humain. - 1768
Reid, Thomas: The Works
Reid, Thomas: The works of Thomas Reid. - 1852
Reid, Thomas: Ueber die Natur und Heilung der Lungensucht. - 1787
T110558: his An inquiry into the human mind, on the principles of common sense, 1764 tp=By Thomas Reid



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