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Francis Garden - 1878 - Table of contents

Diccionario filosófico
Complete edition

Diccionario de Filosofía
Brief definition of the most important concepts of philosophy.


A Dictionary of English Philosophical Terms Francis Garden

Vocabulary of Philosophy, Psychological, Ethical, Metaphysical
William Fleming

Biografías y semblanzas Biographical references and lives of philosophers

Brief introduction to the thought of Ortega y Gasset

History of Philosophy Summaries

Historia de la Filosofía
Explanation of the thought of the great philosophers; summaries, exercises...

Historia de la Filosofía
Digital edition of the History of Philosophy by Jaime Balmes

Historia de la Filosofía
Digital edition of the History of Philosophy by Zeferino González

Vidas, opiniones y sentencias de los filósofos más ilustres
Complete digital edition of the work of Diogenes Laertius

Compendio de las vidas de los filósofos antiguos

A brief history of Greek Philosophy
B. C. Burt


A Short History of Philosophy




Sense, Common

Sense, Common. The word sense, when not denoting a single sense in itself, but its result as disclosing something external, seems nearly synonymous with perception. By common sense the schoolmen meant the apperception produced by the combined action of different senses. Sight, hearing, and touch continually result in one impression of the object before us. This is the common sense.


In the philosophy of Reid and his followers common sense has a force different from this. Here it denotes the primary beliefs which are common to all men, and which, incapable of proof themselves, are the bases of all proof. This is by no means identical with the conversational use of the term, whereby it denotes the average judgment of men on ordinary matters, the want of which makes a man act weakly and absurdly.

Strange to say, however, no less a philosopher than Sir James Mackintosh confounds the two, and blames Reid for adopting the term common sense as the base of his philosophy.



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