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Thomas Reid on Society and Politics

Thomas Reid
Edited by Knud Haakonssen, Paul Wood

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Reveals this Enlightenment philosopher’s acute comments on the Scottish political, social and economic scene

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The Manuscripts and Editorial Principles
Index of Manuscripts
Introduction by Knud Haakonssen and Paul Wood
1. Thomas Reid: The Politics of a North Briton
2. Lectures on Politics
3. Reid’s Contributions to the Aberdeen Philosophical Society and the Glasgow Literary Society
The Manuscripts
Part One: Reading
Part Two: Lectures on Politics
Part Three: Discourses, Discussions and Conversations
Editorial Notes
Textual Notes
Index of Names
General Index.

About the Author

Knud Haakonssen is Professor of Intellectual History at the University of St Andrews and a Long-term Fellow at the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt. His books include The Science of a Legislator (Cambridge University Press, 1981), Natural Law and Moral Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 1996), and editions of Hume, Hutcheson, Reid and Smith. He is General Editor of the Edinburgh Edition of Thomas Reid.

Paul Wood has published widely on the Scottish Enlightenment and particularly extensively on the work of Thomas Reid. He has edited two volumes in the Edinburgh Edition of Thomas Reid.


The book is a model of its kind; and I am confident that philosophers and historians who pore over Haakonssen and Wood’s extended commentary on the manuscripts collected between this book’s covers will learn a great deal that is worth knowing about the life, times, and mind of Thomas Reid.

- Douglas McDermid, Trent University, Journal of Scottish Philosophy

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