Thomas Brown

  • Douglas J. Herrmann
  • Roger Chaffin
Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)


Thomas Brown held the chair in moral philosophy at Edinburg University. His zeal for simplification contributed to the popularity of his lectures which, when published after his death, rapidly went through many editions. He shared with Thomas Reid and the Scottish school of common sense philosophy a reliance on intuitive truths. His analysis of consciousness led him to the view that conciousness is not, as others maintained, a separate faculty, but is the sum of other faculties. Introspective examination of mental events is thus retrospective rather than introspective.


Accurate Judgment Prior Association Intellectual Power Prior Union Simple Suggestion 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas J. Herrmann
    • 1
  • Roger Chaffin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyHamilton CollegeClintonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyTrenton State CollegeTrentonUSA

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