Conference Program

The 45th International Hume Society Conference

Hosted by the Institute of Philosophy,
Research Centre for the Humanities,
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Budapest, Hungary

July 23th-27th 2018

Miren Boehm (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Tamas Demeter (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
Mark Spencer (Brock University)
Margaret Watkins (Saint Vincent College)

The Hume Society is pleased to announce its 45th annual conference.


Monday, 23 July

  • 12:45 – 13:00: Opening Remarks
  • 13:00-14:30: Plenary Lecture: Marina Frasca-Spada (University of Cambridge)
  • 14:30-15:00: Coffee Break
  • 15:00-16:30: Panel Discussion: Passions and Morals

                             Rachel Cohon (University at Albany, SUNY)

                             Tito Magri (Sapienza University of Rome)

                             Amy Schmitter (University of Alberta)

  • 16:30-17:00: Coffee Break
  • 17:00-18:00: Parallel Sessions

                            1) Pedro Faria (University of Cambridge): “Justice, Economic Activity and the Reframing of Hume’s Social Theory, 1740-1752”

                            Commentator: Ferenc Horcher (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

                            2) Sarah Paquette (Portland State University): “Belief Revisions in the Context of Hume’s Treatise and Contemporary Psychology”

                            Commentator: Katharina Paxman (Brigham Young University)

  • 18:00: Opening Reception


Tuesday, 24 July

  • 9:00-10:30: Plenary Lecture: Dan Zahavi (University of Copenhagen)
  • 10:30-11:00: Coffee Break
  • 11:00-12:00: Parallel Sessions

                            1) Nathan Sasser (Greenville Technical College): “The Vulgar Belief in Body is Defeasibly Justified”

                            Commentator: Yongguang Nong (University of Edinburgh)

                            2) Mikko Tolonen (University of Helsinki) and Ville Vaara (University of Helsinki): “A Quantitative Approach to Royalist and Whig Sources  in Hume’s History of England

                           Commentator: Mark Towsey (University of Liverpool)

  • 12:00-13:30: Lunch
  • 13:30-14:30: Parallel Sessions

                             1) Alexis Glenn (Brown University): “Hume’s History as Virtuous Hermeneutics: Toward a Humean Sense of Piety”

                             Commentator: Gregory Todd (Independent Scholar)

                             2) Dan Kervick (Independent Scholar): “Hume Against the Geometers: Extension and Geometry in Hume’s Treatise

                             Commentator: Donald Baxter (University of Connecticut)

  • 14:30-15:00: Coffee Break
  • 15:00-16:30: Panel Discussion: Hume’s Projects

                            James Harris (University of St. Andrews)

                            Hsueh Qu (National University of Singapore)

                            Jacqueline Taylor (University of San Francisco)

  • 16:30-17:00: Coffee Break
  • 17:00-18:00: Parallel Sessions

                             1) Jason Fisette (University of Nevada, Reno): “Politeness and the Common Good in Hume’s Political Philosophy”

                             Commentator: Manuel Vasquez Villavicencio (Université du Québec à Montréal)

                             2) Todd Ryan (Trinity College): “Philo’s Second Circumstance: Malebranche and the General Law Theodicy in Hume’s Dialogues

                             Commentator: Lewis Powell (University at Buffalo, SUNY)


Wednesday, 25 July

  • 9:00-10:30: Author Meets Critics Session

                           Author: Dennis Rasmussen (Tufts University): The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought


                           Michael Gill (University of Arizona)

                           John Scott (University of California, Davis)

  • 10:30-11:00: Coffee Break
  • 11:00-12:00: Parallel Sessions

                            1) Lorenzo Greco (University of Oxford): “Varieties of Humean Virtue Ethics”

                            Commentator: Jennifer Welchman (University of Alberta)

                            2) Tom Pye (King’s College, Cambridge): “Hume, Montesquieu, and English History”

                            Commentator: Marc Hanvelt (Carleton University)

  • 12:00-13:30: Lunch
  • 13:30-15:00: Plenary Lecture: Andrew Sabl (Yale University)
  • 15:00-15:30: Coffee Break
  • 15:30-17:00: Parallel Sessions

                             1) Laura Nicolí (Lichtenberg Kolleg): “The Line and the Circle: the Natural History of Religion and the French”

                             Commentator: Andre Willis (Brown University)

                             2) Dan O’Brien (Oxford Brookes University): “Hume and Virtue Epistemology”

                             Commentator: Ann Levey (University of Calgary)

  • 17:00-17:30: Coffee Break
  • 17:30-18:30: Parallel Sessions

                             1) Bowen Chan (University of Toronto): “Scepticism, Custom, and Hume: Philosophy’s Place in Common Life”

                             Commentator: Karánn Durland (Austin College)

                             2) Getty Lustila (Brown University): “Enthusiasm and Modesty in Hume’s History

                             Commentator: Liz Goodnick (Metropolitan State University)


Thursday, 26 July

  • 9:00-10:30: Panel Discussion: Mind and World

                           Kate Abramson (Indiana University, Bloomington)

                           Stefanie Rocknak (Hartwick College)

                           Anik Waldow (University of Sydney)

  • 10:30-11:00: Coffee Break
  • 11:00-12:00: Parallel Sessions

                             1) Lorraine Besser (Middlebury College): “A Humean Theory of Compassion”

                             Commentator: Esther Kroeker (University of Antwerp)

                             2) Naohito Mori (Kochi University): “On Whether the Tudor Government was an ‘Absolute Monarchy’: Reconsidering Hume’s View of the Rise of the Civilized Society”

                             Commentator: Max Skjonsberg (University of York)

  • 12:00-13:30: Lunch
  • 13:30-14:30: Parallel Sessions

                            1) Peter Millican (University of Oxford): “Hume’s Decisive Turn Away from Egoism”

                            Commentator: John P. Wright (Central Michigan University)

                            2) Wade Robison (Rochester Institute of Technology): “Hume, Descartes, and Adam: Hume’s Project”

                            Commentator: Karen Valihora (York University)

  • Excursion


Friday, 27 July

  • 9:00-10:00: Parallel Sessions

                          1) Alison McIntyre (Wellesley College): “Does Anger Represent Its Object as Evil? Hume vs. Malebranche and Hutcheson at T”

                          Commentator: Angela Calvo de Saavedra (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana)

                          2) Ryu Susato (Keio University): “‘Barometer of the Nation’: Hume’s View of Usury and Interest in the History of England

                          Commentator: Spiros Tegos (University of Crete)

  • 10:00-10:30: Coffee Break
  • 10:30-11:30: Parallel Sessions

                            1) Keith Hankins (Chapman University) and John Thrasher (Monash University): “The Puzzle of Hume’s Politics”

                            Commentator: William Lemmens (University of Antwerp)

                            2) Christopher Williams (University of Nevada, Reno): “Absent Matters of Fact”

                            Commentator: Ruth Weintraub (Tel-Aviv University)

  • 11:30-13:00: Lunch
  • 13:00-14:00: Parallel Sessions

                            1) Wendel de Holanda Pereira Campelo (Federal University of Minas Gerais): “Hume’s Principle concerning the Existence of Mind-Independent Objects”

                            Commentator: Benjamin Nelson (University of Connecticut)

                            2) Amyas Merivale (University of Oxford): “The Integrity of Hume’s Four Dissertations”

                            Commentator: Jane McIntyre

  • 14:00-15:00: Business Meeting
  • 15:00-16:30: Plenary Lecture: Don Garrett (New York University)
  • 18:00: Conference Banquet