History and PurposeFounded in October 1974, the Hume Society is an international organization with about 600 members representing approximately 45 countries. The purpose of the Society is to stimulate scholarship on all aspects of Hume's thought and writings. It is open to everyone interested in Hume and his philosophical contemporaries.
James King, the
society's first executive secretary-treasurer, prepared a
Brief History of the Hume Society's
Founding, which was originally published in the Bulletin of the
Hume Society (Fall 1993).
The Society holds conferences each year, with a program of papers and formal comments, and the Society's annual business meeting. Papers submitted for Annual Hume Conferences are selected by anonymous review. Hume Society Young Scholar Awards are given to qualifying graduate students whose papers have been accepted through the normal anonymous-review process.
The Society also organizes group sessions at the Eastern, Central and Pacific
Division meetings of the American Philosophical Association and at the Canadian Philosophical Association. Special meetings
are also held, either independently or sponsored jointly with other societies.
Members of the Hume Society receive the journal Hume Studies published twice yearly in April and November under the auspices of the Society. In addition, members have full access to the Hume Studies Archives, an online archive of the journal.
The Hume Society receives institutional support from Portland State University and The University
of San Francisco. Last updated: January 4, 2013 © 2013 The Hume Society
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