New Book: “Hume: An Intellectual Biography”, James A. Harris

Coming out this September!

Available at Hume: an Intellectual Biography – Cambridge University Press

This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of the entire career of one of Britain’s greatest men of letters. It sets in biographical and historical context all of Hume’s works, from A Treatise of Human Nature to The History of England, bringing to light the major influences on the course of Hume’s intellectual development and paying careful attention to the differences between the wide variety of literary genres with which Hume experimented. The major events in Hume’s life are fully described, but the main focus is on Hume’s intentions as a philosophical analyst of human nature, politics, commerce, English history and religion. Careful attention is paid to Hume’s intellectual relations with his contemporaries. The goal is to reveal Hume as a man intensely concerned with the realization of an ideal of open-minded, objective, rigorous, dispassionate dialogue about all the principal questions faced by his age.


15 anos de Grupo Hume

O Grupo Hume convida a todas e todos para a comemoração de 15 anos de trabalhos!

As salas exatas serão confirmadas em breve nesse post. A Programação completa é a seguinte:

26/08 – Quarta

26/08 17:00 – Inscrições e Abertura Oficial

27/08 – Quinta
10:30 – Jacqueline Taylor (University of San Francisco)
12:30 – Almoço
14:30 – Hugo Cerqueira (UFMG| Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais)

28/08 – Sexta
10:30 – Jaimir Conte (UFSC| Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina)
12:30 – Encerramento Oficial

29/08 – Sábado
10:00 – Café com filosofia

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Event: Conference: “Passions and the Origin of Moral Institutions and Civil Society: British Debate from Thomas Hobbes to Adam Smith”

When: 2-5 September, 2015

Where: Charles University in Prague


Scholars and students from various fields originated or closely connected with British moral philosophy in late 17th and 18th centuries (i.e. philosophy, history, sociology, political thought, economics, etc.) are both welcomed and encouraged to attend a conference presenting and discussing horizons of gradually progressing changes in interpretation of British debate on the origin of moral institutions, civil society and many other subjects of moral philosophy. Opening lecture is to be given by James A. Harris (St Andrews), the editor and contributor to The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, and the author of forthcoming (18 September 2015) monograph on Hume: An Intellectual Biography (CUP). The four panels dedicated to key thinkers representing British debate (Hobbes, Mandeville, Hume and Smith) are to be held and generous space for discussion in a nice and stimulating atmosphere of liberal arts faculty is to be provided. Inspiration for an edited volume and many papers, essays or thesis hopefully will be gained. Moreover, Prague walks, informal dinners, opera, a special guided tour and party allow participants to enjoy conversation, refresh minds and promote encouragement for their diverse missions in the republic of letters and learned.

Chess: Hume against Rousseau

Here’s a chess match supposedly played by Hume against Rousseau. There seem to be some controversies regarding the exact date of the game, but still it is interesting to imagine Hume and Rousseau playing chess. Unfortunately, according to the reports, Hume lost to Rousseau. However, the match seems to have been played in a not so serious fashion. Rousseau started the match.

The match: 1. e4 d6 ; 2. Cf3 Cd7 ; 3. Bc4 e5 ; 4. d4 c5 ; 5. dxe5 dxe5 ; 6. Cc3 Be7 ; 7. Dd5 Ch6 ; 8. Bxh6 0-0 ; 9. Be3 Db6 ; 10. Cxe5 Dxb2; 11.Cxf7 Dxa1+; 12.Rd2 Dxh1; 13.Ch6+Rh8; 14.Dg8+Txg8; 15.Cf7++ 1:0

A simulation of the game can be watched here:


Thanks to Tamiris Gerolimich.

CFP Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science

Deadlina: September 10th

When: November 6-7, 2015
Where: Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Bucharest & The Center for the Logic, History and Philosophy of Science, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest

Invited speakers:
Daniel Garber (Princeton University)
Paul Lodge (University of Oxford)
Arianna Borrelli (Technical University, Berlin)

We invite papers by established and young scholars (including doctoral students) on any aspects of early modern philosophy/early modern science. Abstracts no longer than 500 words, to be sent to Doina-Cristina Rusu ( ) by September 10. Authors will be notified by September 15.

Contacts: Dana Jalobeanu (dana.jalobeanu (at) and Doina-Cristina Rusu (dc.rusu(at) ).