THE CONSTITUTION OF THE HUME SOCIETY
as amended 2013
I. The purpose of the Hume Society is to stimulate scholarship on the philosophy and
writings of David Hume and to afford an opportunity for the exchange of research.
II. A member of the Hume Society shall be a person whose dues are paid for the current year and who has not resigned his or her membership in the Society.
III. The governing body of the Hume Society shall be an Executive Committee.
a. The Executive Committee shall consist of ten members of the Hume Society. Eight
Regular Members of the Executive Committee, and the President of the Society, shall
be elected to staggered three-year terms, forming three cohorts of three persons. The
Executive Vice President-Treasurer shall serve ex officio on the Executive Committee.
b. No member shall hold more than one office (Regular Member of the Executive
Committee, President, Executive Vice President-Treasurer) at a time and no member
shall serve as an elected member of the Executive Committee (Regular Member
and/or President) for more than nine years consecutively. Moreover, no member shall
be eligible to serve more than two consecutive terms in the same elected office
(Regular Member or President). A person who has served as Executive Vice
President-Treasurer for six consecutive years or more may not, upon retirement from
that office, be elected to the Executive Committee (as Regular Member or President)
until one full year has elapsed.
c. The Executive Committee shall elect an Executive Vice President-Treasurer who
will serve in that capacity for a once-renewable term of five years or until a successor
d. The Executive Committee shall be empowered to replace any elected member of
the Committee (Regular Member or President) who resigns from the Committee (or becomes
otherwise unable to serve) prior to the expiration of his or her current term of office.
Such an appointment will be effective for the remainder of the term of office of the person
replaced, and the appointee will be eligible thereafter for election to two consecutive terms
in the same office, provided that this does not violate the nine-year rule as stated in III b.
e. Terms of office shall begin on January 1 and end on December 31.
f. Business of the Executive Committee may be conducted when a meeting, duly
called, is attended by a majority of its members. Business may also be conducted via
electronic media, provided that all members of the Committee are included in the
g. The Executive Committee shall elect a Director of Technology, whose term of
office shall be five years, renewable. The Director will not serve on the Executive
Committee unless elected as a regular member. The incumbent should give the
Committee 18 months notice of an intention to decline to serve a further term, or to
retire before the end of a term.
IV. There shall be an annual election of at least three persons to serve on the
Executive Committee of the Society.
a. In September of each year the Executive Vice President-Treasurer will circulate to
all members of the Society a Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee,
allowing at least thirty days for members to return nominations by post or via
electronic media. Any member nominated by at least two other members, and who,
when asked by the Executive Vice President-Treasurer, agrees to serve if elected,
shall be considered duly nominated.
b. Every third year the Executive Vice President-Treasurer shall include with the Call
for Nominations to the Executive Committee a Call for Nominations for President of
the Society; any member nominated by at least two other members, and who, when
asked by the Executive Vice President-Treasurer, agrees to serve, if elected, shall be
duly nominated for the position of President.
c. In November of each year an election of members to the Executive Committee shall
be conducted; two to three Regular Members shall be elected, depending upon
whether a President is to be elected in the given year. A President shall be elected
every third year as part of the Executive Committee elections. No one may stand for
election both to the Presidency and to Regular Membership in the Executive
Committee in the same election. The names of the nominees in each category will
d. The ballots shall be collected and counted by the Executive Vice
President-Treasurer, except in a year when he or she is a nominee; in such a year, the counting
will be conducted by the most recent former President of the Society who is not also a
nominee. The duly nominated person receiving the largest number of votes for each
vacant position shall be declared elected.
V. The Executive Committee shall create such special committees it deems
appropriate, specifying for each: its charge, membership, and duration.
a. For each meeting of the Society there shall be an Organizing Committee, appointed
by the Executive Committee, consisting of a local Co-Director, a Program Director
and at least one other person, all of whom shall be members of the Society. The
Program Director shall be a member, or former member, of the Executive Committee.
b. The Organizing Committee, under the direction of the Program Director, shall have
the responsibility of reviewing papers submitted in response to a Call for Papers and
for identifying persons to be invited to speak at the meeting of the Society.
c. The decisions of the Program Committee shall be made by the majority of its
d. In accordance with the Societyís commitment to the principle of anonymous
review, the Call for Papers shall specify that papers are to be submitted to the
Executive Vice President-Treasurer.
VI. The Hume Society will hold regular and special meetings.
a. Regular meetings of the Society shall be scheduled once in each calendar year.
b. The Executive Committee shall select the dates and sites for its meetings and shall
announce them to the membership. The selection of the site of a meeting will
ordinarily be announced at least two years in advance of the date of the meeting.
c. Special meetings, either independent or jointly sponsored with another Society, may
be authorized by the Executive Committee.
d. Time shall be set aside during each regular meeting of the Hume Society for a
Business Meeting. The quorum for such a meeting is twenty members of the Society.
At this meeting the President and the Executive Vice President-Treasurer shall give
reports on behalf of the Executive Committee, and the Editor(s) of Hume Studies shall
at that time also present an annual report.
VII. The amount of annual dues shall be determined by the members of the Society.
VIII. Hume Studies shall be the journal of the Society.
a. Hume Studies shall serve the purposes of the Society and shall reflect the full range
of interests of its members in all aspects of the thought of David Hume.
b. The Editor(s) of Hume Studies shall be elected by the Executive Committee to a
renewable five-year term, one year prior to the expiration of the current Editorís term.
c. The Editor(s) shall be responsible for ensuring that Hume Studies meets the highest
standards of scholarship and for promoting its reputation within the academic
d. The Editor(s) shall supervise all matters regarding the management of Hume Studies,
soliciting manuscripts, making final judgments about what papers appear in the
journal, appointing employees, arranging for printing and mailing, having all the
powers and obligations that generally attach to the position of editor.
e. The operation of Hume Studies shall be supported by the home institution(s) of the
Editor(s). The Society shall remit part of the dues of the Societyís members to Hume
Studies, and the Editor(s) shall ensure that members receive subscriptions to the
journal. The precise financial arrangements shall be settled before Editor(s) are
elected, but the Society shall provide no compensation for the Editor(s).
f. The Editor(s) and the Executive Committee shall agree upon appointments for an
Editorial Board of no more than 11 and no fewer than 7 persons, divided into three
approximately equal cohorts. The members of the Board shall be appointed by the
Executive Committee to staggered six-year terms; a member of the Board may be reappointed
for one additional six-year term. Neither an Editor nor any member of the
Board may at the same time be a member of the Executive Committee. Members of
the Editorial Board shall, when called upon, help the Editor in performing the
obligations of that position. The Editorial Board shall ensure that the journal serves
the needs of scholarship and the Society. It shall advise the Executive Committee in
its assessment of candidates for Editor and shall advise the Editor and the Executive
Committee on any other matter regarding the well-being of the journal.
g. An Editor may be removed in mid-term only by a vote of two-thirds of the
h. The Editor(s) shall prepare an annual report for the Executive Committee and the
Editorial Board detailing the financial situation of Hume Studies, any changes in
editorial principles, and any other matters that the Executive Committee or Editorial
Board need to address. This report shall be presented at the annual business meeting.
IX. The Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of those voting,
provided that the amendment has been submitted in writing to the membership at least
one month prior to the date of the vote.
X. Robertís Rules of Order shall govern the meetings of the Hume Society and of its
Executive Committee unless changes in the procedure are approved by a two-thirds
majority of those present.