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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.