Amyas Merivale, winner of Conway Hall’s Blackham Fellowship award, is a lecturer and outreach officer in Philosophy and Computer Science at the University of Oxford. He took a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy at Oxford, and the BPhil in Philosophy, before moving to Leeds for his PhD. His doctoral thesis, on Hume’s philosophy of emotion, ethics, and religion, was awarded a commendation of research excellence by its examiners. He has reworked this research into a book, which will be going to press soon. He is published in Hume Studies and the British Journal of Aesthetics.
1. The Paradox of Modern Humanism At the heart of modern humanism is a paradoxical combination of attitudes: scepticism about religion, but optimism about human nature. By optimism about human nature I mean the view that, not only is it possible for us to be nice to each other, but…