King’s College London History of Philosophy Seminar

This term we are launching the King’s History of Philosophy Seminar, which will meet regularly through the academic year at King’s College London.

The Seminar aims to promote discussion of methods and approaches to the History of Philosophy as well as of thinkers and topics within the tradition.

Meetings take place on Fridays. All welcome.

Seminar Programme:

February 19th, 2016, 11am-1pm:
Prof. Sarah Hutton (University of York)
Author of British Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century (Oxford University Press, 2015)
Small Committee Room, King’s College London

March 18th, 2016, 3-5pm:
Dr James Harris (University of St Andrews)
Author of Hume: An Intellectual Biography (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and editor of Scottish Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, Vol. I: Morals, Politics, Art, Religion (Oxford University Press, 2015)
Room 508, Department of Philosophy, King’s College London

May 27th, 2016, 11am-1pm:
Dr Christopher Brooke (University of Cambridge)
Author of Philosophic Pride: Stoicism and Political Thought from Lipsius to Rousseau (Princeton University Press, 2012)
Small Committee Room, King’s College London

via Early Modern Philosophy Resources


Book Review: Jacqueline Taylor, Reflecting Subjects: Passion, Sympathy, and Society in Hume’s Philosophy

The first review of Jacqueline Taylor’s “Reflecting Subjects”, by Christopher Williams, was published by Notre Dame Review of Books this week.


Lecture: “Hume, Smith, and the Science of Man in Scotland”, Nick Phillipson

The lecture titled “Hume, Smith, and the Science of Man in Scotland”, given by Nick Phillipson at the Institute of Intellectual History of St. Andrews University, is available on iTunes, along with other lectures from the series.

Courtesy of the IIH Twitter.

Workshop: Hume and the Social

When: November 28, 2015

Where: Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

Further Info:

Invited speaker: Rico Vitz (Azusa): “Character, Culture, and the Limits of Humean Virtue”
Abstracts are invited on all aspects of Hume’s philosophy. The workshop will in particular aim to explore social epistemology, virtue theory and Hume’s approach to moral and political theory. Abstracts of up to 500 words should be submitted to Dan O’Brien by October 1st. Decisions will be made by October 8th. Presentations along with discussion will be limited to one hour.


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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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.