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Ideas of Thomas Reid, by Text

[British, 1710 - 1796, Born at Aberdeen. Professor at the University of Glasgow.]

1785 Essays on Intellectual Powers: Abstraction
p.157 Real identity admits of no degrees
1785 Essays on Intellectual Powers: Conception
IV.III p.182 Impossibilites are easily conceived in mathematics and geometry [Molnar]
1785 Essays on Intellectual Powers: Senses
p.19 Reid is seen as the main direct realist of the eighteenth century [Robinson,H]
II.16 p.59 Sensation is not committed to any external object, but perception is
1785 Essays on Intellectual Powers: Memory
III.Ch 4 p.107 I can hardly care about rational consequence if it wasn't me conceiving the antecedent
III.Ch 4 p.108 Identity is familiar to common sense, but very hard to define
III.Ch 4 p.108 Continuity is needed for existence, otherwise we would say a thing existed after it ceased to exist
III.Ch 4 p.109 Thoughts change continually, but the self doesn't
III.Ch 4 p.110 Memory reveals my past identity - but so does testimony of other witnesses
III.Ch 4 p.111 A person is a unity, and doesn't come in degrees
III.Ch 4 p.111 The identity of a thief is only known by similarity, but memory gives certainty in our own case
III.Ch 4 p.112 Personal identity is the basis of all rights, obligations and responsibility
III.Ch 4 p.112 We treat slowly changing things as identical for the sake of economy in language
III.Ch 6 p.114 If consciousness is transferable 20 persons can be 1; forgetting implies 1 can be 20
III.Ch 6 p.114 Boy same as young man, young man same as old man, old man not boy, if forgotten!
III.Ch 6 p.116 If a stolen horse is identified by similitude, its identity is not therefore merely similitude
III.Ch 6 p.116 If consciousness is personal identity, it is continually changing
III.Ch 6 p.116 Identity can only be affirmed of things which have a continued existence
1788 Essays on Active Powers 1: Active power
p.62 Reid said that agent causation is a unique type of causation [Stout,R]
p.186 Day and night are constantly conjoined, but they don't cause one another [Crane]