Lecture: Samuel Fleischacker, “Empathy and Perspective: A Smithian Conception of Humanity”

Where: University of Melbourne, Australia

When: August 4th, 2015

Registration here.

Further Info:

This talk explores Adam Smith’s conception of empathy (roughly, what he called “sympathy”), and its connection, for him, with our understanding of our selves. I begin with a comparison between Smith and David Hume on sympathy, move to the role of perspective-taking in Smith’s discussion of the subject, then look at the degree to which empathy, and perspective-taking, figure in our construction of our identity, for Smith. I conclude by suggesting that Smith introduces a new conception of humanity by way of his view of empathy.

Samuel Fleischacker is Professor of Philosophy and Director of Jewish Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His publications include The Ethics of Culture (Cornell, 1994), A Third Concept of Liberty: Judgment and Freedom in Kant and Adam Smith (Princeton, 1999), On Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations: A Philosophical Companion (Princeton, 2003), A Short History of Distributive Justice (Harvard, 2004), Divine Teaching and the Way of the World (Oxford, 2011), What Is Enlightenment? The Legacy of a Kantian Question (Routledge, 2013), and The Good and the Good Book(Oxford, 2015). Professor Fleischacker has been a Fellow of the University Center for Human Values at Princeton and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

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CFP: “Life and Death in Early Modern Philosophy Conference”

CFP: “Life and Death in Early Modern Philosophy Conference” of the European Society for Early Modern Philosophy (ESEMP) and the British Society for the History of Philosophy. When: 14-16th April, 2016.

Where: Birkbeck College London and Kings College London.

Key note speakers Charles T. Wolfe Lisa Shapiro amongst others.

Call for Papers: Submissions are invited from researchers of all levels, including Ph.D. students, and on any aspect of the conference theme. To submit, please email an abstract – maximum 800 words and anonymised for blind review – to Susan James (s.james@bbk.ac.uk). The heading of the email should be ‘ESEMP/BSHP abstract’ and the email should contain the author’s details (name, position, affiliation, contact details). The deadline for abstract submission is 20th October 2015.

Via Early Modern Philosophy Resources.

CFA: Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy III

Where: Eramus University Rotterdam

Deadline: 1 December 2015

When: 24-25 March 2016

Link: http://www.rug.nl/filosofie/news/events/3rd-dutch-seminar-in-early-modern-philosophy

Further Info:

Please send the abstract of your proposed lecture (on any topic relevant to early modern philosophy) to Dr. Andrea Sangiacomo (A.Sangiacomo@rug.nl) by December 1. The abstract must be no longer than 500 words, anonymized for the sake of blind reviewing and sent as a .docx file (please don’t use pdf format). The author’s name and contact information (name, affiliation, email and professional status – doctoral student; postdoc; lecturer; etc.) should also be specified in your e-mail message.

The abstracts will be peer-reviewed and you will be notified of the outcome of the review by January 30. We will do our best to send the reviewers’ reports to all participants in order to provide useful feedback on the abstracts.

There are no registration fees. Attendance is free and all listeners are welcome. No financial help, however, can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation.

CFA: Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy

Where: University of California at Riverside (UCR), Riverside-CA, USA

Deadline: 30 July 2015

When: 27 February 2016

Link: http://www.unm.edu/~mdomski/swseminar16.html

Further Info:

Papers on any subject in early modern (pre-Kantian) philosophy are welcome for presentation.  Reading times should not exceed 40 minutes.

Abstracts of no more than 750 words should be sent to Mary Domski atsouthwestseminar@gmail.com by Thursday 30 July 2015.  Abstracts should be prepared for blind review and sent in either .doc or .rtf format.  If you do not receive confirmation of receipt of your abstract within a week, please resubmit or contact the organizers.  The program for the Southwest Seminar will be announced by early October 2015.

Journal: Diametros’ Special Issue on “Justice and Compassion – Hume’s Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Practical Ethics”

Polish journal Diametros has published a special topic on “Justice and Compassion – Hume’s Moral Philosophy and Contemporary Practical Ethics” within its last number. All papers can be downloaded free of charge. The list of papers is copied below:

“Hume, Justice and Sympathy: A Reversal of the Natural Order?”, Sophie Botros

“Why Compassion Still Needs Hume Today”, Edward W. Glowienka

“Justice, Sympathy and the Command of Our Esteem”, Jacqueline Taylor

“Hume’s Humanity and the Protection of the Vulnerable”, Ivana Zagorac

Journal: Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Selected Papers from the 2012 Hume Conference in Calgary

The Canadian Journal of Philosophy published the selected papers from the 2012 Hume Conference in Calgary. The journal can be found here. The contents are listed below:

  1. From Cudworth to Hume: Cambridge Platonism and the Scottish Enlightenment, Sarah Hutton
  2. Hume and the nominalist tradition, Deborah Brown
  3. Hume’s nominalism and the Copy Principle, Ruth Weintraub
  4. Hume as a trope nominalist, Jani Hakkarainen
  5. Hume on presentation and philosophy, Maité Cruz Tleugabulova
  6. The ontology of character traits in Hume, Erin Frykholm
  7. The simple duality: Humean passions, Hsueh Qu
  8. The inertness of reason and Hume’s legacy, Elizabeth S. Radcliffe
  9. Motivating Hume’s natural virtues, Philip A. Reed
  10. Hume’s “Wilt Chamberlain Argument” and taxation, Kenneth Henley
  11. Hume, a Scottish Locke? Comments on Terence Penelhum’s Hume, Donald C. Ainslie
  12. The idea of the self in the evolution of Hume’s account of the passions, Jane McIntyre
  13. The ‘true religion’ of the sceptic: Penelhum reading Hume’s Dialogues, Willem Lemmens
  14. Hume, Locke and consciousness, Terence Penelhum
  15. The self and the passions, Terence Penelhum
  16. Hume’s atheism and the role of Cleanthes, Terence Penelhum