David Hume Institute Foundation, Research Centre on Normative and Institutional Evolution
|David Hume Institute Foundation -Research Centre on Normative and Institutional Evolution- is a research centre and academic think tank devoted to the exploration of different lines of thought in the areas of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences, with the aim of understanding the evolution of rules and institutions and of proposing public policies guided by the said exploration. Its name comes from the figure of David Hume, empiricist philosopher and one of the most important representatives of the Scottish Enlightenment of the Eighteenth century. His ideas and spirit of free inquiry inspire today many of the newest schools of thought about man and society, especially those that offer an evolutionary view of institutions and propose an interaction between social and natural sciences.
It is the purpose of the David Hume Institute Foundation to renovate the academic debate, incorporating cutting edge research in the fields of evolutionary theory, experimental philosophy and economics, evolutionary game theory, behaviourist law and economics, the neurosciences, as well as the latest versions of the public choice theory, the new institutional economics, the rational choice theory and other contemporary lines of study. The David Hume Institute Foundation will focus on the analysis of various aspects of social reality in the light of these perspectives, developing research and organising diffusion activities. Furthermore, this research is meant for public policy proposals to be incorporated into the public debate and political parties’ platforms. In this regard, the David Hume Institute Foundation promotes the interaction between researchers with diverse backgrounds, politicians and journalists.