The philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment was marked by a distinctive ambition – to extend the observational methods of science to study of the human as well as the physical world. The pursuit of this ambition led to many innovative studies of mind and metaphysics, as well as morality, aesthetics and politics. It also led to an investigation of the methods themselves, and the conception of ‘science’ that underlay them. This conference aims to explore many of these important topics, both philosophically and historically. Submissions are invited on any aspect of this general theme. Abstracts of 300-500 words should be sent as email attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov 1st, 2016, with author details in the accompanying email only. Decisions will be advised by early December. Registration will open in January 2017.
This conference is associated with research for the Scottish Philosphy in the 18th century Volume 2edited by James Harris (St Andrews University) and Aaron Garret (Boston University). This volume is part of the 5-volume, multi-authored History of Scottish Philosophy (General editor Gordon Graham) published by Oxford University Press. The first two volumes were published to coincide with the CSSP spring conference 2015, a volume devoted to Scottish philosophy in the 17th century is due to be published in 2017, and a fifth volume on Scottish philosophy in the Renaissance is currently under discussion. Further information on the series can be found here.