Simon Blackburn talks to the Philosophy Society on ‘Hume’
On Tuesday evening, April 19th, the Philosophy Society hosted a
talk on the Scottish Enlightenment Philosopher David Hume, by internationally
acclaimed academic and writer Simon Blackburn (pictured), formerly Bertrand
Russell Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge and visiting Professor at the New
College of the Humanities.
We welcomed visitors from Headington School, St
Helen's and St Katharine's, Cherwell and Magdalen College School: all of whom
enjoyed a lecture on Hume's economy of argument in addressing questions of God
and morality. We learnt amongst other things why Hume viewed himself as an
'Infidel' rather than an atheist, and were treated to a lecture of real
clarity, as well as urbane humour, a quality Professor Blackburn praised in
Hume's own writing. It was an inspiring occasion.