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Ryan Tate Nichols
Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4301)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

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$24,000 (approved)
$24,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2005 – 12/31/2005

Thomas Reid's Philosophy of Mind

Thomas Reid (1710-1796) builds a philosophy of mind in explicit opposition to his predecessors. In this book I interpret, explain and often defend Reid's theories of cognition, touch, vision and perceptual knowledge. I also analyze Reid's discussion of perceptual learning, the primary/secondary quality distinction and the nature and role of sensations. I intend to conclude the book with chapters examining Reid's philosophical methodology, his use of 'common sense' and his substance dualism.