CSSP Spring Conference, 11-13th March 2016

"Scottish Philosophy before the Enlightenment"

Opening Plenary
Marilyn McCord Adams
'Reflecting on Duns Scotus'

The period of the Scottish Enlightenment of the 18th century is undoubtedly the jewel in Scottish philosophy’s crown. All the leading figures of this period, however, were educated in universities with a long history in which philosophy played a significant part and were all well versed in the history of philosophy. Moreover, research has shown increasingly that Scottish Enlightenment philosophy had deep intellectual roots in the centuries that preceded it. This conference aims both to build on and to encourage recent developments that aim to explore the content and significance of Scottish philosophy before the Enlightenment. Proposals are invited for

  1. Papers that explore both prominent figures and philosophical themes that shaped Scottish intellectual debate before the Enlightenment
  2. Papers that explore philosophical sources and themes from earlier centuries in the Scottish philosophers of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Abstracts of not more than 500 words should be sent as email attachments to [email protected] by November 30th 2015. Author identification should appear in the accompanying email only. Two ‘George Elder Davie’ awards are available for graduate student presenters. These are limited to Masters and PhD students and cover the cost of lodging and meals during the conference, with up to $500 towards travel. They are allocated by competition on the basis of paper proposals, and students should indicate their interest in being considered in the accompanying email.