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Thomas Reid philosophy lectures

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Reid, Thomas, 1710-1796.
Title: Thomas Reid philosophy lectures
Dates: circa 1760s
Extent: 0.25 cubic feet (2 volumes)
Identification: MS 0651

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Reid (1710-1796) was Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow from 1764 to 1781. He was elected Clerk of Senate in 1776.

Born in Kincardineshire, Reid became a minister and then Regent of Philosophy at King's College, Aberdeen. He was instrumental in the founding of the Aberdeen Philosophical Society and was a key figure in the "school of common sense philosophy" which flourished during the Scottish Enlightenment. His Enquiry into the Human Mind on the Principles of Common Sense was published in 1764, the year he succeeded Adam Smith as Professor of Moral Philosophy in the University of Glasgow.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains two volumes of lectures on subjects such as Of the Culture of the Mind, Culture of Society, Culture of Education, Difference of Nations, Means of Culture, Improvement of the Imagination, Means of Advancing Knowledge, Improvement of the Reasoning Power, Connection Between Mind and Body, and others.

Index Terms

Knowledge, Theory of.
Reid, Thomas, 1710-1796.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Thomas Reid philosophy lectures, MS 651, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

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Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Volume 1: Design of the Course of Lectures, Lectures I-XII ( 284.0 pages. )


2Volume 2: Lectures XV-XXXI ( 366.0 pages. )