Edinburgh International Science Festival

Chrisman, M. (Presenter)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar


Should You Trust What You Hear about Science? An Enlightenment Debate: Hume vs. Reid

One of the famous scholarly disagreements of the Scottish Enlightenment was between Thomas Reid and David Hume on the trustworthiness of what others tell us. Reid argued that trust is an essential part of the human condition, while Hume remained sceptical of the testimony of other people. Should we trust what we’re told about science? Dr Alistair Isaac and Dr Alasdair Richmond, both philosophers at The University of Edinburgh, will playfully enact an Enlightenment debate between Reid and Hume, introduced and moderated by Dr Matthew Chrisman.
Period17 Apr 2015
Event typeConference
LocationEdinburgh, United Kingdom