The Ideal Hypothesis

  • Roger D. Gallie
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 45)


We have already met with one doctrine which must surely count as being a crucial ingredient of what Reid refers to as the ideal hypothesis, namely the doctrine that conceptions or notions are (faint) copies of the ideas we receive in perception or in an emotional state and which are called impressions by Hume. And we saw in the first chapter that that doctrine at the very least needed some clarification. Now surely it is time to begin a reply to the perfectly natural question, namely, what the ideal hypothesis is, as far as Reid is concerned.


External Object Material Body Apparent Magnitude Intellectual Power Ideal Hypothesis 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Roger D. Gallie
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  1. 1.University of LeicesterUK

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