The Enlightenment Period

Thomas Reid and Jeremy Bentham

What can now be said about the dispute between Thomas Reid and the empiricists?

In terms of the process of knowledge, as a matter of physiological psychology concerning what goes on in the brain, there may well be ideas or representations in the brain, as the empiricists maintained. However, in the mind, our direct experience seems not to be of our ideas or sensations but of the objects we sense themselves, as Reid pointed out.


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