Thomas Reid

1710 - 1796

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Thomas Reid (; 7 May (O.S. 26 April) 1710 – 7 October 1796) was a religiously trained Scottish philosopher best known for his philosophical method, his theory of perception, and its wide implications on epistemology, and as the developer and defender of an agent-causal theory of free will. He also focused extensively on ethics, theory of action, language and philosophy of mind. He was the founder of the Scottish School of Common Sense and played an integral role in the Scottish Enlightenment. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Reid has received more than 408,934 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia. Thomas Reid is the 606th most popular philosopher (down from 573rd in 2019), the 1,248th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,260th in 2019) and the 35th most popular British Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Thomas Reid ranks 606 out of 1,267Before him are Hans Albert, Maurice Blondel, Hu Shih, Abhinavagupta, Paul Nizan, and Peter Deunov. After him are Crates of Mallus, Al-Taftazani, Jean Hyppolite, Antonio Rosmini, Roman Ingarden, and Constantin von Tischendorf.

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Among people born in 1710, Thomas Reid ranks 7Before him are Louis XV of France, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden, Muhammad bin Saud, and András Hadik. After him are Thomas Simpson, Mohammed ben Abdallah, Marie-Anne de Cupis de Camargo, Domenico Alberti, Thomas Arne, and Louise Julie de Mailly-Nesle. Among people deceased in 1796, Thomas Reid ranks 9Before him are Victor Amadeus III of Sardinia, Juliana Maria of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Princess Augusta Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt, James Macpherson, Adolph Freiherr Knigge, and Johann Daniel Titius. After him are Shahrokh Shah, Pyotr Rumyantsev, Charles of Saxony, Duke of Courland, Jean-Marie Collot d'Herbois, François de Charette, and Velu Nachiyar.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Reid ranks 1,248 out of 8,785Before him are Gildas (500), Jack Bruce (1943), Glenn Tipton (1947), Frank Lampard (1978), Alan Shearer (1970), and Michael Scot (1175). After him are Martin Lowry (1874), Mike Hailwood (1940), Charles Rolls (1877), Robert Adam (1728), Frank Williams (1942), and Katharine, Duchess of Kent (1933).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, Thomas Reid ranks 35Before him are Paul Grice (1913), Roger Scruton (1944), Harriet Taylor Mill (1807), John Austin (1790), Alan Watts (1915), and Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1623). After him are R. G. Collingwood (1889), Alexander of Hales (1175), David Hartley (1705), Olaf Stapledon (1886), Anne Conway (1631), and Gilbert Ryle (1900).