Hume Society Statement on the Re-naming of the University of Edinburgh David Hume Tower
The Hume Society acknowledges and abhors Hume’s racism and the contributions he made to pro-slavery movements and the oppression of Black people in Europe and the Americas. We recognize the right of the University of Edinburgh community to determine whom to honor in the naming of its buildings. We also endorse the university’s decision to undertake a thoughtful review of the petition to change the name before making any permanent decisions on this matter. As we continue to explore Hume’s legacy in various areas of thought, we are committed to increasing awareness of the harmful aspects of that legacy and encouraging an ongoing conversation about these issues. The Hume Society affirms that Black Lives Matter and is committed to fighting white supremacy. Efforts to institutionalize inclusivity and decenter whiteness need not be at odds with efforts to critically examine the intellectual contributions of historical figures.
Hume Society Statement on Racial Violence and Injustice
In response to the ongoing racial injustice and violence being protested in the United States and around the world, the Executive Committee of the Hume Society unanimously issues the following statement:
The Hume Society condemns institutional racism and acts of racial injustice. We denounce the brutal murder of black people, including but not limited to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and we affirm that Black Lives Matter.
The Executive Committee of the Society is dedicated to promoting the free exchange of ideas in an equitable and inclusive environment that is respectful of the dignity of all persons. As scholars and teachers, we recognize our responsibility to promote justice, including by acknowledging and responding to David Hume’s own contribution to the history of racism.
We are in the process of putting together a list of resources to post on our website for those interested in learning more and/or teaching about this history. Please send us your suggestions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
47th International Hume Society Conference