Conference and Call for Papers
A long term project of the CSSP comes to fruition in 2015 when the first two volumes of a
multi-authored History of Scottish Philosophy will be published by Oxford University
Scottish Philosophy in the 18th Century, Volume One, edited by James Harris
(University of St Andrews) and Aaron Garrett (Boston University) covers Scottish
Enlightenment writers and topics in morality, politics, aesthetics and religion.
Scottish Philosophy in the 19th and 20th centuries, edited by Gordon
Graham, engages with the post-Enlightenment debates between once famous, but now much
less well known, Scottish philosophers—Thomas Brown, William Hamilton, J F
Ferrier, Alexander Bain, John Macmurray—with chapters on more wide ranging topics
such as the Scottish reception of Kant and Hegel, the rise of Idealism, and the
influence of Scottish philosophy abroad.
The CSSP Spring Conference 2015 will celebrate the appearance
of these two volumes. Plenary sessions and panels will take up themes from the chapters
of the books. Paper proposals for concurrent sessions are welcome. They may be on any
topic falling within the general conference theme of ‘Common Sense and Enlightenment’.
Paper proposals are especially welcome on the topics covered by the books. Details of
their contents can be found here and here.
Participants include Dan Garber (Princeton), Don Garrett (NYU), Fonna Forman (San Diego),
Remy Debes (Memphis) and Peter Baumann (Swarthmore). Full details of the program can be
Graduate students are eligible to compete for the George Elder Davie Prize which covers
the cost of presenting at the conference and secures publication in the Journal of
Scottish Philosophy (subject to blind review). For further information contact
The 2015 Spring Conference has additional financial support from the Scots Philosophical Association.
Abstracts of not more than 300 words should be sent to CSSP by Friday
14th November 2014. Decisions will be notified by mid December
CSSP Spring Conference, 13-15th
”Common Sense and Enlightenment”
- 10-12 Panel: ‘Scottish Philosophy before the Enlightenment’
(Fribourg), Colin Heydt (South Florida), Giovanni Gellera (Glasgow)
commentator, Dan Garber (Princeton)
- 1.30-3.00 Concurrent Session I
- 3.15-4.45 Plenary Lecture: Don Garrett (NYU)
"Hume's Philosophical Ambitions:
Aims and Outcomes"
- 9-10.30 Concurrent Sessions II
- 11-12 Symposium: The Scottish Reception of Kant,
Paul Guyer (Brown), Des Hogan
- 1.30- 3 Concurrent Sessions III
- 3.30 - 4.30 Symposium: Common Sense and Pragmatism
Peter Baumann (Swarthmore)
and Douglas McDermid (Trent, Ontario)
- 9.00-10.30 Symposium: Adam Smith
Remy Debes (Memphis) and Fonna Forman (San
- 10.45-12.00Concurrent Sessions IV
- 1.15-2.45 Panel: ‘The Idea of a Scottish Philosophical tradition’
(Princeton Seminary), James Harris (St Andrews), Aaron Garrett (Boston)