Every year since its establishment, the CSSP at Princeton has organized workshops and conferences on specific aspects of the Scottish philosophical tradition, often in collaboration with other groups. These range from small workshop with 8- 10 participants to international symposia that attract speakers from all over the world. From time to time these conferences and workshops are associated with a themed issue of the Journal of Scottish Philosophy (marked *).
Proposals for conferences and collaborative meetings are always welcome.
CSSP Spring Workshop, 14–16thMarch 2014
'RELIGION IN THE SCOTTISH ENLIGHTENMENT'
A common perception of the Enlightenment holds that it played a key intellectual role in initiating a decline in religious belief and adherence across Europe, and Hume’s Dialogues concerning Natural Religion are widely regarded as a seminal text in this connection. Yet Hume was in a minority. Many of the leaders of the Scottish Enlightenment were Christian ministers, and their explorations in philosophy and the ‘science of human nature’ were intended to advance ‘true religion’, a concept that Hume himself employs.
The purpose of this conference is to explore historically and critically the relation between ‘science’ and ‘religion’ in the Scottish Enlightenment, both in general and in relation to the writings of major figures of the period – Hume, Reid, Smith, Ferguson, Kames and Campbell, for example. Its further aim is to relate these issues to contemporary explorations in the philosophical psychology of religion.
Paper proposals are invited. Abstracts of not more than 500 words and should be sent to CSSP by 1st November 2013. Decisions will be advised by 1st December 2013.
CSSP Spring Workshop, March 2013
"The Scottish Response to Mandeville" Program
CSSP International Symposium, September 2012
“Scottish Common Sense Philosophy and the Natural Law Tradition in America”
6th-9th September, 2012
(This conference was part of the Princeton Theological Seminary Bicentenary in 2012. It was made possible through the generous support of Theresa Khuri and the Foundation that was created.)
CSSP Spring Workshop, March 2012
‘From Sympathy to Empathy: Hume and Beyond’
(This meeting was jointly sponsored with the University of Antwerp)
CSSP Spring Conference, June 2011
‘Scottish Philosophy in the 19th Century: marking the bicentenary of James McCosh (1811 – 1894)’
International Symposium, June 2010
‘Thomas Reid, William Cullen, Adam Smith: The Science of Mind and Body in the Scottish Enlightenment’
(This symposium was organized in conjunction with the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society and the International Adam Smith Society )
CSSP Spring Conference, March 2010 *
CSSP Workshop, March 2009
‘Scottish Philosophy in America and Asia’.
CSSP Workshop, March 2008,
‘Scottish Philosophy and the Social Sciences’*
International Symposium, Sept 2007
‘Philosophy, Theology, Education: Scottish Foundations of American Tradition’