Hume’s Dialogues: a Symposium
Wednesday May 17th 2017
2 -5pm in the Alumnus Room of Princeton Seminary Library
David Hume’s Dialogues concerning Natural Religion were not published until after his death, probably because of the controversy they were expected to cause. Since their publication there have been deep and wide ranging changes in philosophy, but the Dialogues have retained their ability to generate intense philosophical debate. They remain, arguably, the single most important work ever to be published in the philosophy of religion. The third and final event in the CSSP’s 2016-17 program will be a symposium on the Dialogues.
The symposium is open to all and free of charge.
“Some Aspects of Butlerianism in Hume’s Dialogues”
Naoki Najima, Professor of Philosophy, International Christian University, Tokyo
This talk traces Joseph Butler’s possible influence in Hume’s Dialogues in comparison to Hume’s theory of belief, causation, and miracles in his theoretical writings.
“Hume amongst the Theologians”
David Fergusson, Professor of Divinity and Principal of New College, University of Edinburgh
This talk will explore the extent of Hume’s religious skepticism in the Dialogues, his relationship with the mid-18th century Kirk and its ministers, and the subsequent reception of his work by Scottish theologians.
“Hume on Evil: the implications of an indifferent world”
Gordon Graham, Director of the Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy, Princeton
Section X of the Dialogues addresses what is now known as ‘the problem of evil’ and presents reasons to hold that nature neither favors the good nor is hostile to it, but is indifferent to both good and evil. This talk will explore some of the implication of this contention.
CSSP SPRING CONFERENCE 2018
March 9th-11th 2018
‘The Philosophical Significance of the Scottish Tradition’
The Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy’s opening conference took place in Aberdeen in 2004. Its closing conference will take place in Princeton in 2018. Paper proposals on the conference theme should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1st 2017.
From 2019, the Institute for the Study of Scottish Philosophy will co-sponsor an annual conference at a variety of international venues and in collaboration with other organizations. Further details of the concluding Princeton conference, and of future ISSP conferences will be published in due course.