Response to Keith Lehrer: Thomas Reid on Common Sense and Morals

Journal of Scottish Philosophy 11 (2):131-143 (2013)
  Copy   BIBTEX


This paper is a response to Keith Lehrer's ‘Reid on Common Sense and Morals.’ I start by defending the general claim that it is appropriate to call Reid a moral realist. I continue by discussing three aspects of Reid's account of moral ideas. First, our first moral conceptions are non-propositional mental states that are essential ingredients of moral perception. Our first moral conceptions are not gross, indistinct and egocentric but are uninformed mental states that might be about others. Second, moral perception functions like perception of aesthetic properties and of the mental states of other humans, and this kind of perception is both immediate and informed. Third, I discuss the role of moral feelings in moral motivation



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,923

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Thomas Reid on Common Sense and Morals.Keith Lehrer - 2013 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 11 (2):109-130.
Reid, the Moral Faculty, and First Principles.Keith Lehrer - 2009 - In Sabine Roeser (ed.), Reid on Ethics. Palgrave-Macmillan.
Reid and Moral Emotions.Sabine Roeser - 2009 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 7 (2):177-192.
Thomas Reid's direct realism.Rebecca Copenhaver - 2000 - Reid Studies 4 (1):17-34.
Reid on Natural Signs, Taste and Moral Perception.Esther R. Kroeker - 2009 - In Sabine Roeser (ed.), Reid on Ethics. Palgrave-Macmillan.
Reid on fictional objects and the way of ideas.Ryan Nichols - 2002 - Philosophical Quarterly 52 (209):582-601.
In Defense of Thomas Reid's Use of 'Suggestion'.Ronald E. Beanblossom - 1975 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 1 (1):19-24.
Reid on Consciousness.Keith Lehrer - 1986/87 - Reid Studies 1 (1):1-9.
Reid on Conception and Nonbeing.Keith Lehrer - 1985 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 25 (1):573-583.
Reid on ridicule and common sense.Giovanni B. Grandi - 2008 - Journal of Scottish Philosophy 6 (1):71-90.


Added to PP

52 (#314,050)

6 months
17 (#161,721)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Esther Kroeker
University of Antwerp

Citations of this work

Add more citations

References found in this work

Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man.Thomas Reid - 1785 - University Park, Pa.: Cambridge University Press. Edited by Derek R. Brookes & Knud Haakonssen.
Essays on the Active Powers of Man.Thomas Reid - 1788 - john Bell, and G.G.J. & J. Robinson.
An Inquiry Into the Human Mind.Thomas Reid - 1813 - Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

View all 8 references / Add more references