Thomas Reid's "Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man" is widely recognized by intellectual historians, historians of philosophy and contemporary philosophers as a major philosophical text. It played a central role in the Scottish Enlightenment, presenting a clear and powerful alternative to David Hume's scepticism, and it continues to inspire and challenge the work of epistemologists and moral philosophers. This edition of Thomas Reid's "Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man" provides both a critically edited text of the work and the complete manuscript evidence relating to its composition.
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.