Religion and morality

Date: 28 - 29 May 2015

Venue: UAntwerp, Stadscampus, Hof van Liere - Prinsstraat 13 - 2000 Antwerp

Organization / co-organization: Department of Philosophy

Short description: International conference on Hume and his context


The central focus of the conference will be Hume’s practical critique of religion (i.e. his scattered but recurrent remarks on the detrimental influence of religion on moral character and agency) together with his understanding of religion as a natural phenomenon that may play an important role in fostering human virtues.

How does Hume’s moral critique of religion square with his observations that morality and religion are closely interwoven? Hume seems to be convinced that the masses will never be able to live without some form of religion. How does this fit with his defense of a secularized ethics?

Keynote Speakers

  • Michael B. Gill (University of Arizona)
  • Gordon Graham (Princeton Theological Seminary)
  • James Harris (University of St. Andrews)
  • Thomas Holden (University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Jennifer Marusic (Brandeis University/Humboldt University, Berlin)

Organizers and Scientific Committee

  • Esther Kroeker (University of Antwerp)
  • Willem Lemmens (University of Antwerp)
  • Sabine Van Deun (University of Antwerp)
  • Eric Schliesser (University of Ghent)
  • Roland Breeur (KU Leuven)


Organized by the Centre for Ethics, University of Antwerp, in cooperation with the Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy (Princeton Theological Seminary) and the Centre Pieter Gillis

Entrance fee: 60€, reduced fee of 30€ for students/unemployed

Registration: Registration required on

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