Age of Enlightenment in Berwickshire

One of the guest speakers at the Enlightenment conference at Chirnside is Ken Gemes.
One of the guest speakers at the Enlightenment conference at Chirnside is Ken Gemes.

Two of the world’s greatest philosophers hail from Berwickshire and their lives and work will be celebrated annually from now on.

David Hume was born in Chirnside over 300 years ago and John Duns Scotus, whose 750th anniversary was celebrated last year, originated from Duns. Now the David Hume Group and Duns Scotus 2016 have joined forces to present an annual Enlightenment Conference and Food for Thought dinner.

The first Borders Enlightenment Conference, supported by the Scots Philosophical Association, takes place at Chirnside Community Centre on Saturday, April 29, challenging thoughts on current issues.

The speakers include Dr Jane O’Grady from the London School of Philosophy, Dr Laura Candiotto, who is Marie Curie Research Fellow in the school of philosophy, psychology and language science at the University of Edinburgh, and Prof Ken Gemes from the department of philosophy, Birkbeck, University of London, The speaker at the dinner is Dr Vincent Hope who will talk about David Hume’s moral psychology.

Subjects covered by the speakers include: what does it mean to be human? The social dimension of positive and negative emotion; and the human tendency to want meaning-conferring narratives rather than literal truth.

Bookings by April 15 to Chirnside Common Good Association, Borders Enlightenment Conference, c/o Ninewells House, Chirnside, Scottish Borders, TS11 3XF. jeffersondavies@gmail.com