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Common Sense Realism
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[German Version]

has two histories. The first concerns the effort by Thomas Reid (1710–1796) to refute the skeptical conclusions that D. Hume had drawn from the sensationalist epistemology of J. Locke. Reid's main argument was that sense perceptions, operating under normal conditions disclose the material world as it is.They are not, as Locke had suggested, merely “ideas.” Reid suggested rather that the human mind is structured in such a way that it is impossible to act and think as if the universal (or common) sensations of…

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Noll, Mark A., “Common Sense Realism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_03165>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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