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Announcement and Call for Papers

Twenty-eighth Annual Hume Society Conference


University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
July 23-27, 2001

Conference Co-Directors:

The Hume Society is pleased to announce a call for papers for its twenty-eighth annual conference, to be held July 23-27, 2001 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Papers on any aspect of Hume's life and works will be considered for the program. However, the conference directors especially welcome submissions on the following topics:

In addition, the Program Committee invites brief (1200 words maximum) submissions for a symposium on Hume's remark, 'A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence' (EHU 10.4). Several such submissions will be selected for presentation at this symposium, which will include ample opportunity for discussion by the participants and the audience.

The Hume Society has set aside up to Special funds have been set aside to help in covering the travel costs of graduate students reading papers. These funds will be given at the discretion of the conference co-directors to those whose papers are accepted through the normal refereeing process.

Papers should be no longer than thirty minutes in reading length, with self-references deleted for blind reviewing; the author's name should appear only on a front cover sheet. Papers may be in English, French, or German, but an abstract in English of up to 150 words is required for all papers.

Submissions must be postmarked by November 1, 2000. Send triplicate copies of both abstracts and papers to:

Professor Mikael M. Karlsson,
Executive Secretary-Treasurer
The Hume Society
University of Iceland
Main Building
IS-101 Reykjavik


Hosted by the Philosophy Programme
University of Natal, Durban

This conference will be held between 21 and 24 January 2001, in Durban South Africa. The conference has no theme, and papers in any area of philosophy are welcome.

This is a preliminary announcement only, further details of the conference, including registration fees, accommodation and venue, will be announced in due course.

If you have any enquiries contact:

David Spurrett (PSSA 2001 co-ordinator)


Yolanda Hordyk (Philosophy programme administrator)

Fax: +27 (31) 260 3031


27-29 April 2001
Beijing, China



The Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing The Philosophy Summer School of China: China Britain Australia


The Ford Foundation


From Outside Mainland China

* awaiting confirmation

From Mainland China


The following questions are meant for guidance in preparing applications. Speakers are asked to recognise that the Conference is an occasion for serious academic exchange rather than a political event.

CITIZENSHIP: What opportunities should citizens have to participate in making political decisions and in filling political positions?

DEMOCRACY: What are the characteristics of a democratic society and a democratic state? What steps might be taken to promote greater democracy in a state or society? What weight should be given to the claims of autonomy and community in a democratic society?

JUSTICE: How is the justice of the national economic order to be assessed? What other features characterise a just political order?

LEGITIMACY: What makes a government legitimate and obligates its citizens to obey its laws?

NATIONALISM AND PLURALISM: What is the acceptable role of nationalism in relations with other states? Are there special constraints on the internal policies of a state that is pluralist in national, ethnic, cultural, linguistic or religious terms?

POWER: How is the legitimate use of power to be distinguished from corruption and the abuse of power? How important is it to suppress corruption and the abuse of power and how might this be done?

RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS: What is the place of rights in political theory? What basic rights and freedoms should citizens have and how might these be safeguarded?

RULE OF LAW: What importance does the rule of law have in the political arrangements of society? What constraints does the rule of law place on the concept of law and its implementation in society?

SOVEREIGNTY: What are the limits of sovereignty, and how may states acceptably attempt to influence the internal arragements and policies of other states?


A completed application form including a one page abstract of the applicant's proposed paper should be submitted by 15 JULY 2000.

Decisions on acceptance will be made by 30 SEPTEMBER 2000. The organisers will provide a formal letter of acceptance to help obtain funding to attend the Conference.

Full texts should be submitted by 28 FEBRUARY 2001 to assist interpreters and to prepare a volume of conference papers to be published in Chinese after the Conference. Speakers should give oral presentations of 15 minutes, but should provide a longer text for the conference volume.



27-29 April 2001
Beijing China

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VIIth International Leibniz Congress

Nihil sine ratione - Mensch, Natur und Technik im Wirken von G. W. Leibniz

Berlin, 10-14 September 2001

Leibniz's work is influencing the technicized, scientifically-structured world of today in a way it has never done before: his binary number system and his logical calculi, his calculating machine and his form of the differential calculus have had a determining effect not only on natural science, but also on the representation and processing of information. Yet, while recognizing this, it is often forgotten what central role in his thought was played by the individual and its freedom and by organic life in its substantial foundation. Or how important for him was the concept of universal justice based on rational argumentation, the historicity of languages in their power of expression, not to mention his efforts to achieve unity of the Christian religions in their rational core and the balance of power among the states from Europe through Russia to China and including the New World. Important above all, however, was that he embraced these manifold problems as unity in diversity: if nothing is without reason, then everything in the plurality of man, nature, and technology must be seen in this harmony. The VIIth International Leibniz Congress focusses on the many-sided nature of Leibniz's work in this context of a universal and sense-giving harmony. It thus seeks to address a central problem of today, namely the necessity to refer the analytically-acquired results of singular sciences once again to a common ground and to understand the harmonic unity of our world as a goal to be reached.

The VIIth International Leibniz Congress is taking place in Berlin for good reason. It was after all there that the Brandenburg Society of Science was founded in 1700 with Leibniz as President. An important segment of Leibnizian activity is therefore connected with Berlin, represented in particular by the creation of the Academy, the discussions leading up to the Theodicy, and also by numerous political tasks which he sought to carry out there.

Leibniz scholars throughout the world are invited to send a one-page summary of their intended contributions before 1 January 2001. Acceptance will be decided upon by 31 January 2001. A reproducible copy of those contributions which have been accepted (maximum 8 pages) is requested by 30 April 2001. These will then be distributed at the conference as a bound volume.

Institut fuer Philosophie, Wissenschaftstheorie, Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte der Technischen Universitšt Berlin, Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Gesellschaft Hannover e.V., Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften.

Enquiries, and registrations to be directed to Prof. Dr Hans Poser or Prof. Dr Eberhard Knobloch

Institut fuer Philosophie, Wissenschaftstheorie, Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte
Technische Universitšt Berlin
Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7 (Sekr. TEL 12 - 1)
D-10587 Berlin

One-day conference on


Anglia in Cambridge
Saturday 24th February 2001


Stephen Mulhall
Abraham's Silence
George Pattison
Reading the "18 Upbuilding Discourses" Philosophically
Jonathan Ree
Becoming a Philosopher
Nick Walker
The Curious Case of Lessing and Kierkegaard

The conference will take place in The Large Room at the Eastings Building on East Road, Cambridge (opposite the main entrance to the University).

Registration Fee £10.00 and £5.00 for students / unwaged
Registration at 10.00 a.m. first paper at 10.30

Enquiries to Dr Katerina Deligiorgi at

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