Manifest Activity. Thomas Reid's Theory of Action.
Clarendon Press, 2004. 180p. Hardback. Thomas Reid is widely regarded as having made important contributions to philosophy in three broad areas--the philosophy of perception, epistemology, and the theory of human action. Of Reid's contributions to philosophy, the third has been the least explored and, thus, it is especially welcome to have Gideon Yaffe's book length treatment of Reid's theory of action. Yaffe's book is, in my estimation, excellent: it is deftly and concisely argued, resourceful, and offers a charitable interpretation of Reid's position . . . the book repays close study, and scholars in both early modern philosophy and contemporary action theory will have much to learn from it. Terence Cuneo, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 16/02/2005 (Publisher's information).