Conference Theme

Hume continues to have a profound influence on philosophical thought and ideas. Yet Hume's influence extends well beyond philosophy to a range of others disciplines including politics, history, literature and economics. While Hume is now widely regarded as the most significant of British philosophers, he was in his day counted a significant essayist and historian. Further, the influences of Hume's empiricism stretch from encouraging the exploration of sentiment in literature to being a precursor to the new discipline of cognitive science. Taking recent work on Hume -- including Hume's Enlightenment Tract -- as a starting point, this conference aims to examine Hume's thought and influence not just on philosophy but on a range of other disciplines.

"Hume and the Enlightenment" is convened by Dr Craig Taylor, of the Philosophy Department, Flinders University.

A limited number of discounted student registrations are available for the conference; please contact Dr Craig Taylor to enquire about these.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Stephen Buckle
(Australian Catholic University)

Dr Buckle, an internationally renowned Hume scholar, is the author of Hume's Enlightenment Tract (Oxford University Press, 2001) and editor of Hume's An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding and Other Writings (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Keynote address: ‘Hume and the Enlightenment’
Monday, 13 July, 5.00-6.30 p.m.
Hetzel Lecture Theatre, State Library of South Australia
Open to the public - all welcome.


In addition to our keynote speaker, a number of other distinguished national and international scholars will present papers. Click on a speaker's name to view their abstract.


A postgraduate masterclass focussing on Hume and the Enlightenment will be held at Flinders University following the conference, on Wednesday, 15 July. Please contact Dr Craig Taylor for further details and to register your interest in attending.


"Hume and the Enlightenment" is proudly supported by the Flinders Humanities Research Centre for Cultural Heritage and Cultural Exchange.

Flinders Humanities Research Centre for Cultural Heritage and Cultural Exchange

The FHRC gratefully acknowledges the support of NEER, the Network for Early European Research.

NEER - Network for Early European Research


"Hume and the Enlightenment" will be held in the Hetzel Lecture Theatre, in the historic Institute Building, part of the State Library of South Australia complex. The building is situated on the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue in the city of Adelaide. Map.

Conference Dinner:

The conference dinner will be held on Monday, 13 July at 7.30 p.m. The venue is the Ballroom, Ayers House, North Terrace.

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