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Title: Not without the highest justice : the origins and development of Thomas Reid's political thought
Author: Kitagawa, Kurtis G.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1995
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The purpose of this dissertation is to provide a full account of the origins and development of Thomas Reid's political thought. Its central argument is that the political thought of Reid's mature years was the inescapable result of a long-standing confrontation with Humean scepticism, in which he steadfastly strove to reassert the Moderate Christian principles he had imbibed in his youth and which he articulated most fully in his common-sense philosophy. This conclusion is based largely on manuscript evidence. The surviving lecture notes on politics from Reid's moral philosophy course at Glasgow College are here transcribed and presented for the first time, having been painstakingly reconstructed on the basis of internal evidence and by means of close comparison with surviving lecture notes taken down by Reid's students. Before the present author conducted his research, none of the student material, amounting to several manuscript volumes, had been systematically transcribed. One set of student notes particularly rich in politics material was completely unknown to previous scholars. In addition to drawing upon this manuscript record, this dissertation attempts to reconstruct the content of Reid's early intellectual formation as this pertains to the later development of his teaching on politics. Part 1 traces the origins and development of Reid's political thought from his early tuition under George Turnbull at Marischal College, Aberdeen and examines his philosophical development while he was librarian of Marischal and minister of the parish of New Machar. Part 2 continues the analysis of the progress of Reid's thinking during his days as regent of philosophy at King's College, Aberdeen. Part 3 concludes the argument by exploring the successive changes that Reid made to his political teaching while he was professor at Glasgow, i.e., at a late stage of his encounter with Hume's political science and Adam Smith's jurisprudence.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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