Copernicus Center Lecture 2013

To be announced.

Kraków Methodological Conferences

16th Kraków Methodological Conference
The Causal Universe
15th Kraków Methodological Conference
The Emotional Brain

Peter Jones

PETER JONES is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, where he was also Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies from 1986-2000. He is the author of 12 books and more than 150 articles on philosophical and cultural topics, ranging from the Russian novel to Italian opera, architecture, museum studies and University education. He is acknowledged as the world's leading scholar on the philosophy of David Hume and his colleagues in 18th century Britain and France. His books include Philosophy and the Novel [Oxford, 1975], Hume's Sentiments [Edinburgh, 1982] and Ove Arup-Masterbuilder of the Twentieth Century [Yale, 2006]. He has held numerous Fellowships and Visiting Professorships in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Malta, Poland, Belarus, etc., and has lectured at Harvard, Berkeley, Stanford, Emory, New York, U. Minnesota etc.: he gave the prestigious Gifford Lectures in 1994-95 as part of the University of Aberdeen's 500th Anniversary. He is currently preparing two volumes on the European reception of Edmund Burke, and he lectures widely on the philosophical and cultural foundations of civil society.

He has served on the UK Government Spoliation Advisory Panel since 2000 [as one of only two philosophers ever named in the Houses of Parliament], and on many Governing bodies, including that of the Royal Society of Edinburgh [of which he is a Fellow], The University of Edinburgh, and the National Museums of Scotland. He was Chairman of the new Museum of Scotland [part of the National Museums] from 1990 until its opening by HM the Queen in 1998. He is married, with two daughters, and his interests include opera, gardening and clavichords [of which he has a replica of C P E Bach's favourite Silbermann of 1745].