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31st Annual Hume Society Conference -- Tokyo, Japan

Conference Schedule

August 2, Monday




Opening Ceremony

11:15 - 12:30

Concurrent Session # 1

“Hume & Cognitive Science: The Current Status of the Controversy Over Abstract Ideas”

Speaker: Mark Collier (Stanford University)
Commentator: Toshihiko Ise (Ritsumeikan University)
Chair: Kevin Meeker (University of South Alabama)

Concurrent Session #2

“Hume’s Sentimental Civic Liberalism”

Speaker: Thomas Hoffman (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Commentator: Mary Mothersill (Barnard College, Columbia University, Emeritus)
Chair: Takao Katsuragi (Gakushuin University)

12:30 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:15

Concurrent Session # 3

“Johann Nikolaus Tetens’ Criticism of Hume’s Bundle Theory”

Speaker: Falk Wunderlich (Max Planck Institut für Wissenschafts-
Commentator: Peter Lopston (University of Guelph)
Chair: Peter Thielke (Pomona College)

Concurrent Session #4

“Hume and the Secondary Quality Analogy”


Speaker: John Corvino (Wayne State University)
Commentator: Geoffrey Sayre McCord (University of North Carolina at Chappell Hill)
Chair: Mikael Karlsson (University of Iceland)

15:30 - 17:30

Panel 1 Freedom and Causal Necessity

"What kind of a compatibilist is Hume?"
James Harris (Universityof Oxford)

Akira Kume (Kwansei Gakuin University)

"Another Look at Hume's Doctrine of Necessity"
Ted Morris (
Illinois Wesleyan University)

Chair: Masaki Ichinose (University of Tokyo )

17:45 - 19:00



August 3, Tuesday

9:30 - 10:45

Concurrent Session # 5

“Hume’s Universal Acid: Subversive Naturalism”

Speaker: Kevin Meeker (University of South Alabama)
Commentator: Brendan Wilson (University of Tokyo )
Chair: Eric Schiesser (Washington University)

Concurrent Session #6

“The Idea of Chivalry in Scottish Enlightenment: The Case of David Hume”

Speaker: Ryu Susato (Kansai University)
Commentator: Livia Guimaraes (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais)
Chair: Thomas Hoffman (Indiana University, Bloomington)

10:45 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:15

Concurrent Session # 7

“The Scientific Reception of Hume’s Theory of Causation: The Establishment of the Positivist Theory in the Early 19th Century.”

Speaker: John Wright (Central Michigan University)
Commentator: Karann Durland (Austin College)
Chair: Yosaku Nishiwaki (Keio University)

Concurrent Session #8

“Normativity as the Unifying Concept in Hume’s Treatise”

Speaker: Kaveh Kamooneh (University of Minnesota)
Commentator: Mikael Karlsson (University of Iceland)
Chair: Toshihiko Ise (Ritsumeikan University)

12:15 - 13:45


Special presentation by Tom Velk in memory of Eugene Rotwein

13:45 - 15:15

Plenary Session 1

"Justice and Property: Natural Jurisprudence and Hume's Innovations"

Speaker: Kiyoshi Shimokawa (Chubu University)

Chair: Masaki Ichinose (University of Tokyo)

15:15 - 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 - 16:45

Concurrent Session # 9

“A Priority, Reason, and Induction in Hume”

Speaker: Houston Smit (University of Arizona)
Commentator: Peter Millican (University of Leeds) Comments
Chair: Natuhiko Yosida (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Emeritus)

Concurrent Session # 10

" “A Lousy Empirical Scientist:” Reconsidering Hume’s Racism”

Speaker: Andrew Valls (Oregon State University)
Commentator: Ann Levey (University of Calgary)
Chair: Masahiro Hamashita (Kobe College)

16:45 - 17:00

Coffee Break

17:00 - 19:00

Panel 2 Hume’s Economic Thought

"Temporal Dimensions in Hume’s Monetary Theory"
Margaret Schabas (The University of British Columbia)

"Characteristics and significance of Hume’s Idea Of labour, or industry"
Hideo Tanaka (Kyoto University)

"Artificial Virtue and Oil of Commerce: A Synthetic View of Hume’s Theory of Money"
Carl Wennerlind (Barnard College, Columbia University)

Chair: Tatsuya Sakamoto (Keio University)



August 4, Wednesday

9:30 - 10:45

Concurrent Session # 11

“Hume’s Anti-Cogito”

Speaker: Donald Ainslie (University of Toronto)
Commentator: Corliss Swain (St. Olaf College)
Chair: Amy Schmitter (University of Alberta)

Concurrent Session #12

“Globalization and Cosmopolitism in Hume's Political Philosophy”

Speaker: Angela Calvo de Saavedra (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana)
Commentator: Daisuke Arie (Yokohama National University)
Chair: Ryuichi Yamaoka (University of the Air)

10:45 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:00

Special Session

"The Japanese Tradition of Hume Scholarship since 1868"

Shuzaburo Izumiya (Yokohama National University, Emeritus)
Chair: Hideo Tanaka (Kyoto University)

12:15 -

Free time including optional tours:

Afternoon Tour to Kamakura


Afternoon Walking Tour of Museum and Yedo (OldtownTokyo)


Evening at the Kabuki


Evening Cruise on the Sumida River (Tempura Dinner included)  



August 5, Thursday

9:30 - 10:45

Concurrent Session # 13

“Hume and Locke on Scientific Methodology”

Speaker: Garciela De Pierris (Stanford University)
Commentator: Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser University)
Chair: Hyakudai Sakamoto (Aoyama Gakuin University)

Concurrent Session #14

“Making an Object of Yourself: On the Intentionality of the Passions”

Speaker: Amy Schmitter (University of Alberta)
Commentator: Haruko Inoue (Sapporo University)
Jane McIntyre (Cleveland State University)

10:45 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:15

Concurrent Session # 15

“Was Kant Out to Refute Hume in the First Critique?”

Speaker: Gary Hatfield (University of Pennsylvania)
Commentator: Peter Thielke (Pomona College)
Chair: Masatoshi Shimono (Aichi University)

Concurrent Session #16

“The Scottish Scipio: Hume’s Redemption of Luxury”

Speaker: Neil McArthur (University of Southern California)
Commentator: Naohito Mori (Kyoto University)
Chair: James E. Alvey (University of Tokyo and Massey University)

12:15 - 13:45


13:45 - 15:15

Plenary Session 2

"The Customary Causes of Industry, Knowledge and Humanity"
Christopher J. Berry (University of Glasgow)

Chair: Carl Wennerlind (Barnard College, Columbia University)

15:15 - 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 - 16:45

Concurrent Session # 17

“Connections and Associations in Hume’s Account of the Mind”

Speaker: Bethany Hoffman (Harvard University)
Commentator: Kenjiro Asahiro (Tokyo Kasei University)

Chair: Corliss Swain (St. Olaf College)

Concurrent Session # 18

“The ‘Uncommon’ Road of a Subtle and Refined Thinker: Causal Reasoning in Hume’s Political Economy”

Speaker: Eric Schliesser (Washington University)
Commentator: Chikakazu Tadakoshi (Yokohama City University)
Ted Morris (Illinois Wesleyan University)

16:45 - 17:00

Coffee Break

17:00 - 19:00

Panel 3  - Passions, Powers and Interests

"Hume on Passions and Powers"

Charlotte Brown (Illinois Wesleyan University)

"Hume on the Desire for Pleasure: Can It Be a Dispositional Property?"
Rachel Cohon (University of Albany, SUNY)

"Hume's Self-Love"
Hisanori Tsuge (Keio University)

Francis W. Dauer (University of California, Santa Barbara)



August 6, Friday

9:30 - 10:45

Concurrent Session # 19

“Hume on Philosophical Relations”

Speaker: Todd Ryan (Trinity College)
Commentator: Olli Koistinen (University of Turku)
Chair: Heiji Teranaka(University of the Sacred Heart,Tokyo)

Concurrent Session #20

“Hume, Money as Sign, and Customs: A Reinterpretation of Hume’s Monetary Positions”

Speaker: Maria Pia Paganelli (Yeshiva University)
Commentator: Tom Velk (McGill University) commentary
Chair: Seiichiro Itoh (Ohtsuki City College)

10:45 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:15

Concurrent Session # 21

“James’ Answer to Hume on the Self”

Speaker: Yumiko Inukai (University of Pennsylvania)
Commentator: Miren Boehm (University of California, Irvine)
Chair: Donald Ainslie (University of Toronto)

Concurrent Session #22

“Hume and Radicalism”

Speaker: Steven Gamboa (Claremont Graduate University)
Commentator: Ryuichi Yamaoka (University of the Air)
Chair: Kaveh Kamooneh (University of Minnesota)

12:15 - 13:45


13:45 - 15:15

Plenary Session 3

"Hume and Kant on the Motives of Our Duties to Others"

Christine M. Korsgaard (Harvard University)

Chair: Charlotte Brown (Illinois Wesleyan University)


15:15 - 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 - 16:30

Business Meeting


19:00 - 21:00

Conference Banquet


August 7, Saturday

10:00 - 12:00

Book Panel: Stability and Justification in Hume's Treatise by Louis E. Loeb 

Jane McIntyre (Cleveland State University)

"Stability and Incoherence in Hume's Treatise" (An outline is also available.)
Wade Robison (
Rochester Institute of Technology)

"Responses to Robison and McIntyre"
Louis E. Loeb (University of Michigan)

Chair: Saul Traiger (Occidental College)


12:00 - 12:30

Closing Ceremony

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