Days and Works

Niemeyer, Gerhart
May 1977
National Review;5/13/1977, Vol. 29 Issue 18, p557
The article focuses on the concept of common sense. Philosopher Thomas Reid said that common sense coincides with reason in its whole extent and is only another name for one branch or one degree of reason. It makes a man capable of managing his own affairs and answerable for his conduct toward others. French philosopher Henri Bergson commented on the intellectuals' loss of common sense. Intellectuals as a group are treasonous and treason is a breach of loyalty toward persons.


Related Articles

  • The Commonsense Tradition in America: E. H. Madden's Interpretations. Adams, Todd L. // Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society;Winter1988, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p1 

    Analyzes the commonsense realism of Thomas Reid and the contributions of Edward H. Madden to the study of the U.S. commonsense tradition. Discussion by Reid of the concept of space; Principles of commonsense according to Reid; Diversity in metaphilosophy in the history of U.S. philosophy.

  • REID'S DILEMMA AND THE USES OF PRAGMATISM. Magnus, P. D. // Journal of Scottish Philosophy;Spring2004, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p69 

    Discusses the dilemma in the common sense philosophy of Thomas Reid. Elements of pragmatism in the common sense principles of Reid; Argument of Reid concerning the principles of common sense.

  • Sentido común "común" y sentido común "sensato". Una reivindicación de Thomas Reid. Hernández Prado, José // Tópicos. Revista de Filosofía;1996, Issue 11, p35 

    This article attempts to show that Thomas Reid (1710-1796) specially argued not a "common" common sense, but a "sensible" one. In addition, it proposes that Reid's philosophy of common sense is quite important amongst those of its kind.

  • REID'S CONCEPTION OF COMMON SENSE. Somerville, James // Monist;Oct87, Vol. 70 Issue 4, p418 

    This article attempts to understand the concept of common sense described in the book "An Inquiry Into the Human Mind on the Principles of Common Sense," by Thomas Reid. In the book, interestingly, the principles of common sense are not said to be self-evident. But since mathematical axioms are...

  • ON THE SUBTLETIES OF REIDIAN PRAGMATISM. Baumann, Peter // Journal of Scottish Philosophy;Spring2004, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p73 

    Examines the pragmatism in the theory of common sense of Thomas Reid. Elements of Reidian pragmatism; Comparison of the epistemic outcomes of the common sense principle that there is an external world and external world-skepticism; Limitation of the pragmatist argument of Reid.

  • COMMON SENSE PHILOSOPHY. Boulter, Stephen J. // Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy;2006, Vol. 1, p690 

    An encyclopedia entry for the term Common Sense Philosophy is presented. The works of author Thomas Reid that gave a clear expression to the term Common Sense Philosophy are identified including "An Inquiry Into the Human Mind on the Principles of Common Sense." Description of the works of...

  • ZDRAVÝ ROZUM VO FILOZOFII THOMASA REIDA. NUHLÍCEK, MARTIN // Filozofia;2010, Vol. 65 Issue 5, p449 

    The paper offers a discussion of the concept of common sense in T. Reid's philosophy. Reid criticizes Hume's skepticism, which is in conflict with common sense, as a "deadlock of philosophy". Reid's criticism thus might be seen as naive and "unphilosophical", and therefore missing the point. The...

  • REID ON RIDICULE AND COMMON SENSE. Grandi, Giovanni B. // Journal of Scottish Philosophy;Spring2008, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p71 

    According to Reid, opinions that contradict the principles of common sense are not only false but also absurd. Nature has given us an emotion that reveals the absurdity of an opinion: the emotion of ridicule. An appeal to ridicule in philosophical arguments may easily be discounted as a logical...

  • Ferrier and the Myth of Scottish Common Sense Realism. McDermid, Douglas // Journal of Scottish Philosophy;Mar2013, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p87 

    Once a name to conjure with, Scottish idealist James Frederick Ferrier (1808-1864) is now a largely forgotten figure, notwithstanding the fact that he penned a work of remarkable power and originality: the Institutes of Metaphysic (1854). In 'Reid and the Philosophy and Common Sense,' an essay...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics