The Hume Society

Stimulating Scholarship on the Writings of David Hume

Archived News

05/19/2021: Hutcheson Workshop

The "New Perspectives on Hutcheson’s Moral Philosophy" Workshop will take place online June 3rd and 4th, 2021. Please see the conference website for more information:

02/09/2021: 2022 Conference Announcement

The Executive Committee has accepted an exciting proposal for the 48th Annual Hume Society Conference. It will be held in beautiful Prague in the summer of 2022! Many thanks go to our lead organizers, Hynek Janoušek and Lorenzo Greco, for their work so far and for giving us something to look forward to! More details are forthcoming.

02/05/2021: Hume Book Event

Please consider attending this upcoming virtual event celebrating A Philosopher's Economist: Hume and the Rise of Capitalism by Margaret Schabas and Carl Wennerlind. The event will take place on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 4:00pm (EST). See for more details.

01/12/2021: Panel Event on the Renaming of Hume Tower

Jen Marušić and Jonny Cottrell (Hume Society members and faculty at the University of Edinburgh) have organized a panel discussion on the renaming of Hume Tower to be held on Friday, 22nd January, 3–5pm GMT. The event will bring together staff members and a student of the University of Edinburgh to discuss the renaming of the tower and Hume's legacy on their campus. Details and registration are available via Eventbrite:

01/02/2021: Next Editors of Hume Studies Named

We are happy to announce that Elizabeth Radcliffe (William and Mary) and Mark Spencer (Brock University) will serve as the next editors of the Society’s journal, Hume Studies. They will begin handling new submissions now and will work with the current editors to manage the transition before their official term begins on July 1 of this year.

We are enormously grateful to the journal’s current editors, Ann Levey (University of Calgary), Karl Schafer (University of California Irvine), and Amy Schmitter (University of Alberta) for their work shepherding the journal over the past five years and for their continuing service during the transition period.

09/16/2020: 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.

06/05/2020: 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 (

11/03/2019: NEH Institute on Hume in the 21st Century

Details on the rescheduling of the NEH Institute on "Hume in the 21st Century: Perpetuating the Enlightenment" organized by and featuring several Hume Society members are forthcoming.

This Institute is designed to study multidisciplinary perspectives on the work of eighteenth-century Enlightenment giant, David Hume. It features a rotating faculty of twelve eminent scholars. While we will explore Hume’s impact in epistemology, ethics, history, and economics, a notable feature is its focus on the implication of Hume’s thought in non-traditional areas. Faculty will address Hume’s approach in relation to Eastern thought, the status of women (including early modern woman philosophers' responses to Hume), race, the status of animals, and the environment. Participants will also have opportunities for small group discussions with faculty while enjoying the environs of beautiful Portland, Oregon.

04/01/2021: Book Launch Event for Anderson's Kant, Hume, and the Interruption of Dogmatic Slumber

Title of Workshop (Book Launch):

The Principle of Sufficient Reason in Kant and Hume

Meeting Date:

May 5th, 12 pm EST (6 pm Cairo time)

Meeting Place:

Hosted by the American University in Cairo

Contact for

Brief Description:

The Department of Philosophy at the American University in Cairo warmly invites you to a book launch workshop on Professor Abraham Anderson’s book Kant, Hume, and the Interruption of Dogmatic Slumber(Oxford University Press, 2020). The thematic focus of this workshop will be how David Hume’s critical reflections on the principle of sufficient reason, the fundamental principle of rationalist metaphysics, interrupted Kant’s dogmatic slumber, and on the implications of this event for understanding both Kant’s relation to his predecessors and his significance for his successors, whether, like Bradley, they sought to restore that principle in its unrestricted form or, like Schopenhauer, agreed with Kant’s restriction of its use to appearances.

Comments from Invited Discussants:

Professor Michael Della Rocca (Yale)

Professor Richard Fincham (AUC)

Dr. Patrick Hassan (AUC)

01/02/2021: Executive Committee Election Results

Jennifer Smalligan Marušić (University of Edinburgh), Anik Waldow (University of Sydney), and Andre Willis (Brown University) have been re-elected to the Hume Society Executive Committee. Many thanks to all of them for their service!

07/20/2020: Schabas and Wennerlind Publish Book on Hume's Economics

A Philosopher's Economist: Hume and the Rise of Capitalism, by Hume Society members Margaret Schabas and Carl Wennerlind, is now available from the University of Chicago Press. For more information, including a table of contents, go to: A Philosopher's Economist. Congratulations, Margaret and Carl!

The University of Chicago Press has arranged a book launch with Don Garrett in conversation with the authors on September 15th:

This event has been re-scheduled from September 8th to September 15th in solidarity with #ScholarStrike.

02/07/2021: CFP Journal of Scottish Philosophy

Journal of Scottish Philosophy

CFP: Scottish Enlightenment Theories of Social and Cultural Development

Edited by Becko Copenhaver

Scottish philosophers and scientists in the 18th and 19th centuries applied the methods of the new science to the study of the human mind. But they did so with an interest in the improvement and cultivation of mind. Their interests ranged from what we would now call developmental psychology, anthropology, and sociology, to linguistics and theories of education. And these studies were intended to apply to innovations in practical activities from agriculture to economics. The human mind was their object of study, but they did not approach it as an isolated, individual, internal phenomenon. Rather, their interest in and understanding of mind was ineliminably social and cultural. In this special issue of the Journal of Scottish philosophy, we invite papers that contribute to our understanding of this tradition. We invite papers examining Hutcheson, Reid, Hume, Smith, Ferguson, Shepherd as well as other figures who examined the development of the human mind in society.

Deadline for submission is May 1, 2021. Submissions should be sent to, and marked 'Special Issue' in the subject line.

Submissions for non-themed issues are always welcome. Submission guidelines can be found at the EUP website

09/10/2020: Sanders Prize in the History of Early Modern Philosophy

The editor of Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy is pleased to announce that submissions are now being received for the third Sanders Prize in the History of Early Modern Philosophy. The Sanders Prize in the History of Early Modern Philosophy is a biennial essay competition open to scholars who are within fifteen (15) years of receiving a Ph.D. or students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program. Independent scholars may also be eligible, and should direct inquiries to Donald Rutherford, editor of Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy at

The award for the prizewinning essay is $5,000. Winning essays will be published in Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy. This year’s deadline is October 1, 2020.

For more details on submissions, see:

06/29/2020: Spencer Receives McGill David Hume Research Grant

Congratulations to Hume Society member Mark Spencer on being awarded the 2020 McGill University David Hume Research Grant. For more information, go to

06/29/2020: Tolonen and Team Secure Funding from the Finnish Academy

Congratulations to Hume Society member Mikko Tolonen and his team on securing grant funding from the Finnish Academy to support work on "The Rise of Commercial Society and Eighteenth-Century Publishing." This Helsinki-based project combines intellectual history, book history, and sociolinguistics and analyzes the rise of commercial society in eighteenth-century publishing networks. The team will study the structure of these networks, linguistically innovative individuals and groups, questions of publishing and readership, and interaction between social and linguistic change. They will focus on Scottish, transatlantic, and French influences on British print media using large bibliographic databases enriched by background information on the individuals. They will link this data for the first time with full-text sources for linguistic analysis using methods that renew the research culture in history and linguistics. They hope to obtain new knowledge about the Enlightenment and the rise of commercial society. Instead of focusing merely on well-known authors, they will identify influencers in a data-driven way, revealing that these can also be printers or publishers.

The research group has a website: