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Thomas Reid On Logic, Rhetoric And The Fine Arts: Papers On The Culture Of The Mind (Reid, Thomas, Selections.) (Thomas Reid Selections)


Publisher:Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (Txt)



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Thomas Reid saw the three subjects of logic, rhetoric, and the fine arts as closely cohering aspects of one endeavor that he called the culture of the mind. This was a topic on which Reid lectured for many years in Glasgow, and this volume presents as near a reconstruction of these lectures as is now possible.

Though virtually unknown today, this material in fact relates closely to Reids published works and in particular to the late Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man and Essays on the Active Powers of Man. When composing these works, Reid drew primarily on his lectures on pneumatology, which presented a theory of the mental powers, broadly conceived. These lectures were basic to the course on the culture of the mind that explained the cultivation of the mental powers. Although the Essays also included some elements from the material on the culture of the mind, the bulk of the latter was left in manuscript form, and Alexander Broadies edition restores this important extension of Reids overall work.

In addition, this volume continues the attractive combination of manuscript material and published work, in this case Reids important and well-known essay on Aristotles logic. This text was corrupted in earlier editions of Reids works and is now restored to the state in which Reid left it.

This volume underscores Reids great and growing significance, viewed both as a historical figure and as a philosopher. At the same time, it is of great interdisciplinary importance. While the material emerges directly from the core of Reids philosophy, as now understood, it will appeal widely to people in literary, cultural, historical, and communications studies. In this regard, the present volume is a true fruit of the Scottish Enlightenment.

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