The Montreal Political Theory Workshop

“Hume and Smith on Justice, Sympathy, and Commerce”

April 13, 2007

McGill University

Gold Room, Faculty Club, 3450 McTavish St., Montréal

8:30 am: Coffee available



9 am: Welcoming remarks

Jacob Levy, Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory, McGill University


Richard Virr, Acting Head and Curator of Manuscripts, Rare Books and Special Collections Division, McGill Libraries



9:15 -10:20 am:  “Frenzy, Gloom, and the Spirit of Liberty : Paradoxes of Political Agency in Hume”


Sharon Krause, Associate Professor of Political Science, Brown University



10:30-11:35 am: "Polite Oratory: Hume's Conception of Rhetoric,"


Marc Hanvelt, Political Science, UCLA



11:45am-12:50pm: “Adam Smith's Critique of International Trading Companies: Theorizing 'Globalization' in the Age of Enlightenment”


Sankar Muthu, Assistant Professor of Politics, Princeton University



12:50- 2:00 pm: lunch



2:00-3:05 pm:  “Hume and Smith on Sympathy: A Comparison, Contrast, and Reconstruction”


Samuel Fleischacker, Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago



3:15-4:45 pm: Commentaries and Discussion

Chair: Daniel Weinstock, Canada Research Chair in Ethics and Political Philosophy, Université de Montréal


George Grantham, Professor of Economics, McGill University


James Moore, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Concordia University

Registration is not required, but  those who e-mail  Jeffrey Bercuson,,  can be counted for coffee and refreshments, and will be given access to the papers.