Durham: Hume and Naturalism

July 16th-17th, Grey College, Durham University, UK.

A workshop will take place on Hume and Naturalism at Durham University, July 16th-17th, 2015. We invite submissions of abstracts, 500 words max., for papers to present at the workshop. 

The deadline to submit Abstracts is: 13th April, 2015.

The deadline for registration for the workshop is: 18th June, 2015.

Invited contributors:

Dr. Lorenzo Greco (University of Oxford)
Dr. Peter Kail (University of Oxford)
Prof. Jacqueline Taylor (University of San Francisco) 
Prof. Saul Traiger (Occidental College)

Hume’s work has been regarded by many as a strong influence on the formation of philosophical naturalism, and it is clear that naturalism informs Hume’s work on epistemology, philosophy of mind and ethics, amongst other topics. More generally some influential interpretations regard Hume’s naturalism as helping to lay the foundations for a ‘disenchanted’ conception of the world. However, recent work on the character of philosophical naturalism, for example work seeking to present and defend non-reductive, less scientistic forms of naturalism, suggest different ways to interpret Hume’s work. There may be reasons to maintain that Hume’s naturalism represents the kind of view opposed by these alternative forms. But, arguably, there are a number of ways that our understanding of Hume can be enhanced by adopting different conceptions of what naturalism amounts to. This workshop aims to identify and explore the range of interpretive possibilities in this context.

Suggested topics to be addressed include (but are not limited to):

* What is relation between Hume’s naturalism and ‘scientism’?
* What is the relation between naturalism and Hume’s “science of human nature”?
* What is the relation between naturalism and the ‘New Hume’ debate?
* What is the relation between Hume’s naturalism and moral psychology?
* What is the character of Hume’s ethical naturalism?
* What does Hume’s naturalism contribute to our understanding of virtue and justice?
* What is the relation between Hume’s naturalism and his epistemology?
* What is the relation between Hume’s naturalism and social epistemology?
* What is the relation between Hume’s naturalism and philosophy of religion? 
* What is the most compelling account of ‘natural beliefs’? 
* Are there significant differences between the naturalistic elements in the Treatise and how naturalism informs Hume’s other writings? 

The deadline to submit Abstracts (500 word max.) is: 13th APRIL, 2015.

Please prepare Abstracts in a form suitable for blind review and send by email to Dr. Benedict Smith:  b.w.smith@durham.ac.uk

Please include, in a separate document, details of the Author’s name, paper title and affiliation.

To register for the workshop, please email Dr. Benedict Smith by 18th JUNE, 2015.

This workshop is supported by the Mind Association and the Department of Philosophy at Durham University.  


Dr. Benedict Smith
Department of Philosophy
Durham University
Durham, UK, DH1 3HN