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Certain aspects of the French Revolution added a cautionary note to this optimism. In Scotland the philosophical reaction took a characteristically practical turn. Thomas Reid (1710-96), one of Hutcheson's academic successors, attempted in An Inquiry into the Human Mind on the Principles of Common Sense to answer Hume by declaring that philosophers had been led to promulgate ideas which were contrary to common sense. Common sense was interpreted as the opinions held by rational people and the Common Sense School held that by this criterion philosophy had reached a reductio ad absurdum.

38. 39. 40. 41. See Wesley's Journals (London, 1903). E. Burke, Works (London, 1792-1827) vol. v, p. 353, Century E. N. Williams, The Eighteenth in quoted Constitution (Cambridge, 1960) P• 319. Madden, Grattan Speeches, p. 107. Lecky, A History of Ireland, vol. i, p. 201. PRONI, Abercorn mss T2541/1Al/4. Madden, Grattan speeches, pp. 110, 136. Analecta Hibernica, vol. xiv (1944) p. 58. E. M. p. 127; see also Madden, Grattan speeches, Johnston, Ireland in the Eighteenth Century (Dublin, 1974) pp.

E. Evans, and their The literature on the philosophical background is immense. Those who wish to pursue the topic will find in the suggestions in : L. Stephen, EngLish Thought Eighteenth Century (London, 1876); P. Hazard, European Thought in the Eighteenth Century (London, 1954); G. R. Cragg, The Church in the Age of Reason (London, 1962). • Stated (London, w. Molyneux, The Case for IreLand 1698). For some of the ramifications of this circle see B. E. Mansfield, Phoenix of his Age (Toronto, 1979) pp.

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