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David Hume on Norms and Institutions

Villa la Fonte, 17 April 2008 

David Hume (Edinburgh, 1711–1776) was what we would now call a trans-disciplinary scholar, opening up his inquires to what later became distinct – and often too distinct - academic disciplines.

Hume2The aim of the conference is to bring together leading international scholars, not so much to assess Hume’s contributions, but rather to explain and discuss how some of his different insights have persisted, and still pose open questions in current research in Economics, Law, History, and Political and Social Sciences.

The conference will briefly review David Hume’s inquiry into the development and functioning of civil society, and it will concentrate on the role of Norms and Institutions as a recurrent theme from the Scottish Enlightenment to 21st Century research in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Programme (pdf.)




Russell Hardin: Justice as Unintended Consequence

James Harris: Hume on the Moral Obligation to Justice: the Argument of Treatise 3.2.2

Susan James: Imagination and the Self in the Science of Man

Neil McArthur: Cosmopolitanism and Hume's General Point of View

Nicholas Phillipson: Hume, Smith and the Science of Man

Margaret Schabas: The Evolutionary Context of Hume's Political Economy


EUI Organizing Committee

Christine Chwaszcza Professor, Political and Social Sciences Department, EUI

Ramon Marimon Director of the Max Weber Programme and Professor, Economics Department, EUI

Giovanni Sartor Marie Curie Professor, Law Department, EUI

Martin Van Gelderen Professor, Department of History and Civilization, EUI

Wojciech Zaluski Max Weber Fellow, EUI

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