A Reidian Internalist?

Thomas Reid is seen as the predecessor to Alvin Plantinga.  The latter holds to a “warrant” view of epistemology:  I don’t have to justify endless justifications for foundational beliefs.  Plantinga draws heavily from Reid.

Yet here is a thought:  can one hold to an internalist epistemology (knowledge = justified, true belief) and incorporate many of Reid’s insights?  I think one certain can on issues like anthropology and the will.


About J. B. Aitken

Interests include patristics, the role of the soul in the human person, analytic theology, Reformed Scholasticism, Medievalism, Substance Metaphysics
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3 Responses to A Reidian Internalist?

  1. Evan Kramer says:

    I haven’t read Reid yet, so I’ll ask: did Reid develop a concept of warrant? Or is that a modern innovation?


  2. JB Aitken says:

    Reid had an embryonic concept of warrant. Plantinga draws heavily upon him. Yet Reid is more known for the second part of Plantinga’s work: proper function.

    Reid seems like a proto-Plantingian, and he probably is, but he is also a foundationalist, albeit a weak one.


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