Thomas Reid's "Inquiry" has long been recognized as a classic text in the philosophy of mind. Reid scholars however, have been aware of the lack of full textual evidence when analyzing the composition of the piece. this work therefore presents a complete, critically edited text of the "Inquiry", based on the fourth life-time edition (published in 1785), which contains notes including biographical details and allusions, translations, references to secondary literature and selected passages from Reid's MSS.
Derek R. Brookes is the editor of Thomas Reid's An Inquiry into the Human Mind on the Principles of Common Sense (Edinburgh University Press, 1997). He has a PhD in philosophy from the Australian National University. Knud Haakonssen was Professor of History at the University of Sussex and is now a member of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala. His books include The Science of a Legislator (Cambridge University Press, 1981), Natural Law and Moral Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 1996), and editions of Hume, Hutcheson, Reid and Smith. He is General Editor of the Edinburgh Edition of Thomas Reid.