The Center for the Study of Philosophy at Princeton Theological Seminary

Spring Conference, 13-15th March 2015


Common Sense and Enlightenment


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 Press.

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 will take the form of “Author meets Critic”, and two panels are planned. Paper proposals for concurrent sessions are welcome. They may be on any topic falling within the general conference theme of ‘Common Sense and Enlightenment’. Papers on Scottish philosophy in the 19th and 20th centuries are especially welcome.

Abstracts of not more than 500 words should be sent to CSSP by 1st November 2014. Decisions will be notified by early December 2015.