CSSP Conferences 2016-17

In the academic session 2016-17, the CSSP will host two conferences "Scottish Philosophy and Reformed Theology" (November 11th-13th 2016) and "Science in the Scottish Enlightenment" (March 10th-12th 2017).

CSSP Conference, 11th - 13th November 2016
"Scottish Philosophy and Reformed Theology"

Online registration for this conference will open early in September.

Friday 11th November

2.45   COOPER CONFERENCE ROOM Opening Welcome

3.00 - 4.15

Perfect Productive Power: A Unifying Theme in Scotus' Philosophical Theology

Marilyn Adams (Princeton Rutgers University Center for the Philosophy of Religion and Princeton Theological Seminary)


Coffee Break


4 30 - 5.30

The Theology of the Westminster Confession of Faith

Whitney Gamble (Providence Christian College, Pasadena, CA)


Dinner  in Mackay Campus Center


Saturday 12th

9.00 - 10.15

John Mair as Theologian

John Slotemaker (Fairfield University, Connecticut)


Coffee Break


10.30 -11. 30

Habit and Belief in the Early Scottish Reformation

Martin Dotterweich (King University, Tennessee)


Lunch in Mackay Campus Center


1.00 - 2. 15

The Theology of John Knox and Andrew Melville

Euan Cameron (Union Theological Seminary, New York)


2.30 - 3.30

"George Buchanan, Humanist: Christian Stoicism and the Scottish Reformation"

C. Jan Swearingen, (Texas A&M University)


3.45 - 5

The Emergence of Federalism in Early Modern Scotland

David Mullan (Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia)


6.15pm Mackay Main Lounge

Reception and Conference Banquet



Sunday 13th



8.45 -9.45

The Theology of Francis Hutcheson

Gregor Bloch, (University of Marburg, Germany)


Coffee Break



A British Idealist Conception of Religion

Jennifer Keefe, (University of Wisconsin, Parkside)


11.00- 12

A Theological Biography of T F Torrance

Paul Molnar (St. John's University, Queens, New York)



Conference ends



March 10th-12th, 2017

Science in the Scottish Enlightenment

The philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment was marked by a distinctive ambition - to extend the observational methods of science to study of the human as well as the physical world. The pursuit of this ambition led to many innovative studies of mind and metaphysics, as well as morality, aesthetics and politics. It also led to an investigation of the methods themselves, and the conception of 'science' that underlay them. This conference aims to explore many of these important topics, both philosophically and historically. Submissions are invited on any aspect of this general theme. Abstracts of 300-500 words should be sent as email attachments to [email protected] by Nov 1st, 2016, with author details in the accompanying email only. Decisions will be advised by early December. Registration will open in January 2017.



This conference is associated with research for the Scottish Philosphy in the 18th century Volume 2 edited by James Harris (St Andrews University) and Aaron Garret (Boston University). This volume is part of the 5-volume, multi-authored History of Scottish Philosophy (General editor Gordon Graham) published by Oxford University Press. The first two volumes were published to coincide with the CSSP spring conference 2015, a volume devoted to Scottish philosophy in the 17th century is due to be published in 2017, and a fifth volume on Scottish philosophy in the Renaissance is currently under discussion. Further information on the series can be found here.



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