Spring 1998, Vol. XXVII, No. 1

Bulletin of the
HUME SOCIETY
Department of Philosophy - University of Iceland, IS-101 Reykjavk, Iceland


Two Messages from the Executive Secretary-Treasurer

The change of business address of the Hume Society from California to Iceland has naturally entailed a number of changes. One such change pertains to the payment of dues and another to the Bulletin of the Hume Society.

Dues payments. Members have responded well to the annual membership renewal and dues-payment notice sent out by Saul Traiger at the end of 1997. Reminder notices will shortly go out to members who have not yet paid for 1998, but hopefully most of them will send their payments without a further reminder.

Many of you will have noticed that, despite the wording of the renewal form, the surcharge for credit-card payments has been dropped; this is due to advantageous contracts made with VISA and MasterCard in Iceland. The yearly dues for members paying by credit card are therefore $20 and $15 for students, instead of $21 and $16, and those paying by credit card in the current year have been billed accordingly. However, when billing to credit card accounts, the Society must bill in Icelandic currency (ISK); we bill for the equivalent of $20, $15 or $100 (the 5-year rate), depending upon your order. A number of days separate our billing to your credit-card account and processing by the credit-card companies, so the amount for which you are actually billed may deviate slightly (upward or downward) from the US$ figures mentioned above.

In the future, many members will probably find it cheapest and most convenient to pay their dues by VISA or MasterCard, and this form of payment will be encouraged by the Society. The Society will also encourage 5-year payments. This vastly cuts our work and transaction costs; and the Society’s dues are so low that payment of the 5-year fee ($100) will hardly appear onerous to most members.

The Society can accept payment by cheque or bank draft in the following currencies: USD (U.S.A.), CAD (Canada), GBP (U.K.), DKK (Denmark), NOK (Norway), SEK (Sweden), FIM (Finland), FRF (France), BEF (Belgium), CHF (Switzerland), NLG (Netherlands), DEM (Germany), ITL (ITaly), ATS (Austria), PTE (Portugal), ESP (Spain), JPY (Japan), IEP (Ireland), XEU (Euro). From other currency areas, payment should be sent in U.S. dollars.

From North America, bank drafts or personal cheques are acceptable. From Europe, bank drafts or Eurocheques (but not personal cheques) are acceptable. Eurocheques should be denominated in the local European currency, not in U.S. dollars. From elsewhere, bank drafts, but not personal cheques, are acceptable.

Members should investigate the local cost to themselves of the various forms of payment: some of them can be very expensive. The forms of payment designated by the Society as "acceptable" are those which involve low transaction costs to the Society.

The Bulletin. Members will immediately notice the new format of the Bulletin; it is certain that many will dislike it (hopefully others will like it). A change in format was in any case necessitated by the fact that American letter-size paper is not used in Europe; the nearest European size is the so-called A4. But additionally, the move to Iceland involves a considerable increase in to the Society in postage costs. By keeping the weight of the printed Bulletin within 20 grams, a 75% saving is achieved. Therefore, the Bulletin is now produced in A5 size and sent without an envelope. In future issues, members will find the various features with which they have become familiar from previous Bulletins, some of which are missing from the current issue.

The Bulletin has proven to be a useful vehicle of information for the Hume Society and receiving it a welcome occasion to most members. It should be appreciated, however, that two very significant changes have occurred since the Bulletin was introduced: first, the Society has grown to over 500 members; second, the Internet has replaced many print media, being faster, cheaper, and in many ways more convenient.

The former change means that production and mailing of the printed Bulletin has now become very labour-intensive, especially for an unpaid officer with a minimal staff. Due to rising printing costs and postage rates (more expensive here in Europe than in the U.S.A.), the Bulletin has also become proportionally more expensive than previously. The latter change means that it is now possible for most members to call up the Bulletin on the Internet, where it is also permanently archived at the Society’s web site. The Bulletin can also be downloaded and printed from the web site.

Therefore, the Society will, later this year, encourage members to receive the Bulletin over the Internet and forego the printed, mailed version. This policy has been approved by the Executive Committee. It should be emphasised that the printed Bulletin will continue, and that those members who want to continue receiving the Bulletin by mail will retain that right. However, if an appreciable proportion of the membership is willing to "go electronic", considerable savings to the Society will be achieved, and these may be used for numerous other purposes of the Hume Society.

 

Twenty-fifth Conference of the Hume Society

University of Stirling—Stirling, Scotland

July 20-24, 1998.

The Twenty-fifth Hume Conference will take place at the University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, U.K. from Monday 20 July through Friday 24 July. The conference will be located at the Management Centre on the campus of the University of Stirling. Registration will commence at 2 p.m. on Monday 20 July in the foyer of the Management Centre. There will be a reception to open the conference on the Monday evening, followed by a plenary session. The conference will end with a banquet at the Management Centre on the evening of Friday 24 July.

The registration fee will be 50. Accommodation at the Management Centre has been reserved at the preferential rate of 42.50 per person (single room) for Bed & Breakfast and 26.50 per person sharing a twin or double room. Each room has a private bathroom with shower, as well as direct-dial telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities, etc. Further accommodation has been reserved at two nearby chalets (in each case containing 4 single rooms and 1 twin room; shared facilities). The approximate cost per person of this accommodation will be 51 per person for the week.

By the end of March each member of the Hume Society should have received a mailing containing:

(i) A booking form for reserving accommodation at the Management Centre together with further information about this accommodation.

(ii) A registration form providing details of payment for the registration fee (which will cover the cost of the reception, tea and/or coffee, full programme, and package of papers); the excursion (which will include a visit to Scotland’s oldest distillery); and the banquet.

(iii) Full information on how to get to Stirling University.

(iv) Information about Stirling and its environs.

Stirling itself is the ancient capital city of Scotland and is situated in the centre of Scotland, roughly equidistant from both Glasgow and Edinburgh. It is about an hour from both Glasgow and Edinburgh airports, and each city has a regular train service to Stirling. There is also an intercity rail service to Stirling from London (King’s Cross), and the University of Stirling lies just off the M9 motorway (junction 11).

If you would like to receive further information about the conference, and if by some chance you have failed to receive your conference mailing, then do please contact the on-site conference co-director, Tony Pitson. His work phone number is 01786 467562, his fax number is 01786 466233, and his email address is aep1@stir.ac.uk. The telephone number of the Philosophy Department at the University of Stirling is 01786 7555

 

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM INFORMATION:

The Stirling conference celebrates the 250th anniversary of the initial publication of the First Enquiry. Papers on the First Enquiry constitute nearly half of the program. Many of the remaining papers deal with the second conference theme, the development of Hume’s philosophy after the Treatise. Dates and times for the individual sessions have not yet been finalised.

INVITED SPEAKERS:

Simon Blackburn, speaking on "Is Hume’s World Ours?"

Charlotte Brown, speaking on Hume’s concept of agency.

Edward Craig, speaking on "Hume on causality – Realist and Projectivist?"

Antony Flew, speaking on "Second Thoughts about the First Enquiry"

Terence Penelhum, speaking on "Religion in the First Enquiry"

A joint session on Liberty and Necessity:

Paul Russell, "Humean Naturalism and Wide-Responsibility"

Pat Greenspan, "Correcting Sentimentalist Free Will: Thoughts on Hume on Liberty and Blame"

 

 PAPERS TO BE PRESENTED:

Kate Abramson (University of Notre Dame), "Buried in a Footnote"

Cicero Araujo (Universidade de Sao Paulo), "Hume and the Theory of Acquisition"

Robyn Brothers, "Hampton on Hume’s ‘Partiality’ to Hobbes"

Joseph Keim Campbell (Washington State University), "Hume’s Religious Scepticism"

Mark Collier (UC San Diego), "Hume and Connectionism on the Continued Existence of Unperceived Objects"

Patrick Corrigan (Assumption College), "‘Of Miracles’: a link between the two Enquiries"

Phillip D. Cummins (University of Iowa), "Hume’s Diffident Scepticism"

Andrew S. Cunningham (University of Toronto), "Hume’s Unsentimental Sympathy"

Francis W. Dauer (UC Santa Barbara), "Force and Vivacity in the Treatise and the Enquiry"

William Davie (University of Oregon), "Hume on Monkish Virtues"

Jeremy Gallegos (Purdue University), "Hume on Revolution"

John Gill (University of Adelaide), "‘Of Miracles’, Lord Lyttelton, and Alexander the Miracle Worker"

James A. Harris (Balliol College, Oxford), "Hume on personal identity: phenomenology or metaphysics?"

Ken Levy (Rutgers University), "Hume, the New Hume, and Causal Connections"

Michelle Mason (University of Chicago), "Innocent Peculiarities and Real Deformities: The Problem of Prejudice in Hume’s Moral Aesthetics"

Emilio Mazza (Politecnico di Milano), "The experiments of the Treatise and the ‘trite topics’ of the Enquiry"

David Owen (University of Arizona), "Belief in the Treatise, and Hume’s Change of Mind"

Elizabeth Radcliffe (Santa Clara University), "Hume on the Generation of Motives"

Ken Richman (Kalamazoo College), "Voluntarism and Sceptical Realism in the First Enquiry"

Robert Shaver (University of Manitoba), "Two Routes to Welfarism"

Mark Spencer (University of St. Andrews), "Hume’s 18th Century American Reception: Subscribers to the first American edition of Hume’s History of England"

Jacqueline Taylor (Tufts University), "Justice and the Foundations of Social Morality in Hume’s Treatise"

K.A. Wallace (Hofstra University), "Hume on Regulating Belief and Moral Sentiment"

Jane McIntyre

 

Twenty-sixth Conference of the Hume Society

Cork, Ireland, July 19-23, 1999.

The twenty-sixth anniversary conference of the Hume Society will be held in Cork, Ireland, July 19-23, 1999. (The 10th Enlightenment Congress will be held July 25-31 at University College, Dublin.) The theme for the conference will be "Society and Mind", construed broadly, to include Hume on the mind, society, social aspects of mind, mental aspects of society, and so on. Papers bearing some relation to the theme will be especially welcome; however, papers on any aspect of Hume’s life and works will be considered.

Papers should be no more than thirty minutes reading length with self-references deleted for blind reviewing; the author’s name should appear only on a front cover sheet. Papers may be in English, French or German, but an abstract in English is required for all papers. Authors are requested to submit papers and abstracts in triplicate.

The Hume Society has set aside up to $1000 for the support of graduate students reading papers at the annual Hume Society meetings, to be given at the discretion of the Conference Co-Directors to those whose papers have been accepted through the normal vetting process.

Submissions must be postmarked by November 1, 1998 and sent to: Professor Mikael M. Karlsson, Executive Secretary of the Hume Society, University of Iceland, Main Building, IS-101 Reykjavik, Iceland.

 

THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL

REID SYMPOSIUM

Status Quaestionis

University of Aberdeen, 27th-29th July,1998

Provisional Program:

1) Thomas Reid and the way of ideas. Concurrent sessions: 1a) The epistemology of Common Sense; 1b) Reid and Hume; 1c) Common Sense and philosophy of language.

2) Reid’s Moral Philosophy. Concurrent sessions: 2a) Ethics; 2b) Aesthetics; 2c) Politics.

3) The interdisciplinary nature of Reid’s work. Concurrent sessions: 3a) Natural sciences and mathematics; 3b) Natural theology; 3c) Reid, Regent and Professor.

4) Reid and the wider world: the influence of the philosophy of Common Sense in Europe and America. Concurrent sessions: 4a) Reid and Europe; 4b) Reid and America.

5) The intellectual tradition in Aberdeen and in Scotland in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Concurrent sessions: 5a) 17th century: the Aberdeen Doctors; 5b) 18th century: the Aberdeen Enlightenment.

6) The philosophy of Common Sense today. Concurrent sessions: 6a) Reid: a contemporary voice; 6b) Historiography of Common Sense / Thomas Reid.

Evenings:1) "The Reid Project"; 2) Visit to the Special Collections.

Speakers include:

Alexander Broadie (University of Glasgow); Keith Lehrer (University of Arizona); Terence Penelhum (University of Calgary); Daniel Schulthess (Universite de Neuchatel); M.A. Stewart (University of Lancaster); Luigi Turco (Universita di Bologna); Paul Wood (University of Victoria).

Further information from: Dr M. Rosa Antognazza, Director, The Reid Project, Dept of Philosophy, King’s College, University of Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3UB. Email: reidproject@abdn.ac.uk. Http://www.abdn.ac.uk/philosophy/reidstu.htm

Falkenstein wins Klibansky Prize

Lorne Falkenstein has won the Raymond Klibansky Book Prize for his book, Kant’s Intuitionism: A commentary on the Transcendental Aesthetic. The Klibansky prize, in the amount of $1,000, is awarded to the best work in the humanities written in English and subsidized by the Aid to Scholarly Publications Programme of the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada.

Further information can be obtained from Michelle Legault, Publications Officer, Aid To Scholarly Publications Programme, mlegault@aspp.hssfc.ca

 

Linda Weiner Morris – In Memorium

Linda Weiner Morris died on March 18, 1998 after a battle with lung cancer. She was a remarkable and talented person whose many skills and gifts were reflected in her varied pursuits. A journalism major at the University of Iowa, Linda was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and edited the the Daily Iowan. She received a M.A. in journalism from the University of Minnesota. From 1981 to 1987 she was Vice Provost of Student Affairs at the University of Cincinnati. During this time she co-authored one of the first books on sexual harassment in academia, The Lecherous Professor. For the past decade her energies went into epr (Educational Publishing Resources), a desktop publishing enterprise that she co-founded. Her work included grant writing, and Linda was very proud of the five million dollar grant she secured from National Science Foundation for M2SE (Minorities in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering).

Linda freely offered her talents to the Hume Society. Most notable was her unstinting and generous work for Hume Studies from the time the Hume Society became its publisher in 1993. First, she completely redesigned the journal all the way from the cover to the typeface. Her eye for professional appearance is reflected in the journal cover with its use of Hume’s bookplate motif. In addition, she worked up the layout for each issue of Hume Studies.

Linda’s gifts as a designer, however, only received their fullest expression in the posters and tee-shirts she made for various Hume conferences. Linda designed the official tee-shirt for the 1990 NEH Summer Institute on Hume and the Enlightenment using the Ramsay portrait of Hume. Her design for the somewhat less official tee-shirt for the "Hummer Summer" depicts Donald Hume, David’s brother, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Bart Simpson. She also designed the cover and worked up the layout for the satirical journal Humania, which unfortunately seems to have fallen still-born from the press. In the poster for the 1991 Taft Colloquium, "Hume in Cincinnati", Linda has Hume wearing a Cincinnati Reds cap and holding their pennant. Her poster for the 1995 conference in Utah has Hume wearing green Ray Bans, as he sits on a mountain overlooking the Mormon Temple.

Linda was a regular at Hume conferences. Whether we were in Rome or Oregon, she would scout out good places to eat, interesting sights to see, and places to shop. She offered comfort to some, practical advice to others, and conviviality to all. Her conversation, as Hume says, was "very satisfactory; as a chearful good-humour'd companion diffuses a joy over the whole company, from a sympathy with her gaiety. These qualities being agreeable, beget love and esteem." Linda’s warmth and love of life were equally contagious and begot love and esteem from all who knew her.

 

Charlotte Brown and Don Garrett