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Reid, Thomas (1710–1796)

  1. James E. Bruce

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1151

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Bruce, J. E. 2011. Reid, Thomas (1710–1796). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Thomas Reid, a Presbyterian minister in 18th century Scotland, is most well known for his commonsense philosophy, a response to the skepticism of another Scottish philosopher, David Hume. Reid was born on April 26, 1710, in Strachan, Scotland, a town near Aberdeen. Reid attended Marischal College (merged with King's College, Aberdeen in 1860 to form the University of Aberdeen).


  • Reid, Thomas (1710–1796);
  • presbyterian minister, 18th century Scotland;
  • carefully reasoned defense of direct realism;
  • metaphysics of human action