Tuesday, February 26, 2008

"The Invention of Philosophy: Hume," Université Pierre Mendès France - Grenoble 2, March 13-15, 2008.

The interest raised by Hume’s way of practising philosophy is now very high amongst the scientific community; hence the place currently occupied by the Essays or the History of England: as well as the now widely spread references to a variety of Hume’s arguments in various areas of philosophical investigation. The Grenoble symposium, centred on the most out of context as possible issues of philosophical language, will be an opportunity to define what Hume has brought to the practice of philosophy after his time : thus, the issues around the philosophical vocabulary, the way to organise it, the relationship between philosophy and literature, philosophy and ‘common life ‘, philosophy of human or social sciences, are likely to be linked to the questions Hume asked to the philosophical tradition. We ought to review the problems he would have been the first one to express and the new methods he offers to the philosophers ‘community. By linking both questions : ‘How Hume does it ?’ and ‘How does Hume question us ?’, we could contribute to the better understanding of philosophy’s place and future in a new world, ours, and which he has been undoubtly one of the first ones to understand. The contributions now sought may/ should be about the new shapes Hume brings to philosophy (vocabulary, rhetoric, thought experiences, examples and references, literary genres) or about the invention of arguments and their future in posterity (in philosophy of sciences, moral psychology, aesthetics, politics). The entirety of the symposium should help to define in which terms philosophy is influenced by Hume’s ‘philosophical invention’, and towards which future. For further information, please visit http://www.plc-grenoble2.fr:80/index.php?code=158.

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