Announcement and Call for Papers
Twenty-ninth Annual Hume Society Conference


University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland
August 6-10, 2002

Conference Co-Directors:

Wade Robison, Rochester Institute of Technology (Chair)
Olli Loukola, University of Helsinki
Timo Airaksinen, University of Helsinki

Mikael M. Karlsson, University of Iceland

The Hume Society is pleased to announce a call for papers for its twenty-ninth annual conference, to be held August 6-10, 2002 in Helsinki, Finland, hosted by the Department of Philosophy of the University of Helsinki. The title of the conference is:

"Born for Action? Born for Reason?"

In the Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1) Hume writes:

Moral philosophy ... may be treated after two different manners ... The one considers man chiefly as born for action; and as influenced in his measures by taste and sentiment ... The other species of philosophers consider man in the light of a reasonable rather than an active being, and endeavour to form his understanding more than cultivate his manners.

Papers on any aspect of Hume's life and works will be considered for the program. However, the conference directors will especially welcome submissions on the set of views expressed in this passage, e.g. on conflicting views of human nature, of moral philosophy, of the virtues, and of philosophical literature.

In addition, brief submissions  (1200 words maximum) are invited for a symposium on the thoughts reflected in this passage:

 ... [A] sense of morals is a principle inherent in the soul, and one of the most powerful that enters into the composition. But this sense must certainly acquire more force, when reflecting on itself, it approves of those principles, from whence it is deriv'd, and finds nothing but what is great and good in its rise and origin. (Treatise, 619)

Several such submissions will be selected for presentation at this symposium, which will include ample opportunity for discussion by the participants and the audience.

The Hume Society has set aside special funds to help in covering the travel costs of graduate students reading papers. These funds will be given at the discretion of the conference co-directors to those whose papers are accepted through the blind refereeing process.

Papers should be no longer than thirty minutes in 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 of up to 150 words is required for all papers. Submissions for the symposium must be in English and should be devoid of self-references.

Submissions must be sent as e-mail attachments, or by post on diskette, by September 1, 2001 to the Secretary-Treasurer.

Professor Mikael M. Karlsson
Executive Secretary-Treasurer
The Hume Society
University of Iceland
Main Building
IS-101 Reykjavik

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Mikael M. Karlsson will, as Secretary of the Society, receive submitted papers and prepare them for blind reviewing. He will not otherwise participate in the reviewing process. The reviewing and selection of papers for the program will be organized by Wade Robison.

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