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Thomas Brown (1778-1820) - Philosopher

He was born on 9th January 1778 in the parish of Kilnabreck, the son of a minister, whose death in 1780 forced him to be educated with relatives in England. In 1792 he returned to Edinburgh to study in the class of Dugald Stewart, the Professor of Moral Philosophy whom he was to succeed in 1810. Brown held the chair until his death on 2 April 1820 while on a visit to London. After a precocious education in his childhood Brown grew up to be a mature philosopher, a critical disciple of David Hume and one of the last of the Common-Sense school of    Scottish philosophy. Apart from his philosophical writings he published a number of sentimental poems in the Romantic style and he was a founder-member and early supporter of the Edinburgh Review.

Works; Poems, 2 vols. (1804); Observations on the Nature and Tendency of the Doctrine of Mr Hume (1805); The Renovation of India (1808); The Paradise of Coquettes (1814); The Wanderer in Norway (1816); Agnes (1818); Inquiry into the Relation of Cause and Effect (1818); Lectures on the Philosophy of the Human Mind (1820).

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