|dc.description.abstract||This dissertation examines the influence of Common Sense Realism on
Alexander Campbell's view of the nature of Scripture and hermeneutics. The first
chapter discusses Campbell's relationship with the philosophy of Common Sense
Realism. This chapter in particular lays out the beginning of Common Sense as a
philosophy and the major contributors to the rise of Common Sense, namely, those
involved in the Aberdeen Philosophical Society. The second half of the chapter examines
Campbell's studies at Glasgow University, his references of Common Sense, and his
concerns that mirror those of Common Sense.
Chapters 2 and 3 show Campbell's acceptance of Common Sense
epistemology and philosophy of language, respectively. Chapter two examines three
main areas of epistemology to show how Campbell's correlates with Common Sense: the
avenues of knowledge, the powers of knowledge, and the acquisition of knowledge.
Chapter 3 continues on to the area of language to show how Campbell's correlates with
Chapters 4 and 5 discuss how Campbell's acceptance of Common Sense's
epistemology and philosophy of language undergird his view of Scripture and
hermeneutics. In regard to Campbell's view of Scripture, a primary focus is divine
revelation and language. Chapter 5, which discusses Campbell's hermeneutics, brings
into view the theory of signs and tropes, to name only a few.
Finally, chapter 6 serves as a conclusion. It primarily focuses upon drawing
final conclusions from chapters two through five. In addition, a small discussion is
included concerning further research and implications that may be drawn from the