Friday, October 9, 2015

Defending Skepticism

My paper "Conciliationism and the Menace of Scepticism" has just been published in Dialogue 54 (2015): 469-488.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Two New Papers on Sextus

Two new papers on Sextus by Emidio Spinelli has just been published:

- "Sesto Empirico: iceberg scettico della nozione di epoché", Archivio di Filosofia 83 (2015): 193-207. (It can be found here.)

- "Sesto Empirico: contro il corpo, contro l’anima. L’uomo non può essere criterio," Syzetesis - Rivista online 2 NS (2015): 7-14. (It can be accessed for free here.)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Conference on Modern Philosophy in Rome

On October 7 & 8, the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei will host the conference "La curiosità e le passioni della conoscenza: filosofia e scienze da Montaigne a Hobbes". The program can be found here.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

New Volume of Sképsis

Volume 12 of the Brazilian journal Sképsis is now out. You can access the papers for free here.

Friday, September 25, 2015

CFP Special Issue on Vuillemin on Ancient Skepticism

Following a one-day workshop devoted to the approach of the French philosopher Jules Vuillemin to ancient scepticism, which took place at the Archives Henri Poincaré at Nancy (France) on December the 6th 2014, the journal Philosophia Scientiae organises a special issue devoted to this theme, edited by Lorenzo Corti and Joseph Vidal-Rosset. On this occasion, we encourage submissions on Jules Vuillemin’s discussion of ancient scepticism.

Vuillemin deals with ancient scepticism in several loci of his work. In his Nécessité ou contingence?, having reconstructed the Dominator argument and three ancient reactions to it attested by Epictetus, he analyzes some ancient positions that defended contingency by dropping one of the implicit premises of the argument. One of these positions is that of Carneades, as attested in Cicero’s De Fato (Nécessité et Contingence?, 231-51). At the end of the same book, Vuillemin characterizes a few philosophical systems by the way in which they react to the Dominator argument. These include scepticism – i.e. the scepticism of Carneades, somehow understood as an ʻancient Humeʼ (Nécessité et Contingence?, 400-6). In his article ʻUne morale est-elle compatible avec le scepticisme ?ʼ (Philosophie 7 (1985), 21-51), Vuillemin asks the question mentioned in the title as far as four varieties of scepticism are concerned. In his « La justice par convention; signification philosophique de la doctrine de Rawls » (Dialectica 41, n°1-2 (1987), pp. 155-166), Vuillemin assimilates Rawls’ approach to justice to that of an Academic sceptic. This thematic issue of Philosophia Scientiae aims at inquiring into the multiple facets of the attitude of an atypical contemporary philosopher to ancient scepticism.

The submitted manuscripts will be published subject to peer-review. All papers have to be prepared for peer-review blind refereeing. Manuscripts should be submitted in French, English, or German, and prepared for anonymous peer review. Abstracts in French and English of 200-300 words in length should be included.
Articles should not exceed 50,000 characters (spaces and footnotes included).

Please send submissions to:

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Bayle's Oeuvre Online

The complete works of the French skeptic Pierre Bayle have been made available online by the French publisher Classiques Garnier. You can find them here.

EDIT: it seems that the link here does not give access unless your institution is subscribed. I was sent an email with the link by Garnier and I can still have access when I click on the link in the email, but clearly the "path" to the site must be different.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Early View IJSS

A few more early-view pieces to appear in the International Journal for the Study of Skepticism have just been published online here.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Verbatim Copy

In order to dispel any potential misunderstanding, there is a new book series devoted to Plato whose submission guidelines are a verbatim copy of the submission guidelines of Brill Studies in Skepticism. I say this so that no one thinks that it's the other way around. Anyway, I would have expected a little more effort from its editor.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Externalism, Self-Knowledge, and Skepticism

Cambridge University Press has just published Externalism, Self-Knowledge, and Skepticism: New Essays, edited by Sandy Goldberg. Complete information about the volume can be found here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Cross-Cultural Gettier

The multi-authored article "Gettier Across Cultures", just published "early view" in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, has called my attention. Here's its abstract: "In this article, we present evidence that in four different cultural groups that speak quite different languages (Brazil, India, Japan, and the USA) there are cases of justified true beliefs that are not judged to be cases of knowledge. We hypothesize that this intuitive judgment, which we call “the Gettier intuition,” may be a reflection of an underlying innate and universal core folk epistemology, and we highlight the philosophical significance of its universality."

Friday, August 14, 2015

Sextus against Ancient Physics

The volume Sextus Empiricus and Ancient Physics (CUP) is finally out. It contains the papers presented at the Eleventh Symposium Hellenisticum, which took place in 2007.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Pyrrhonism and Buddhism

Princeton University Press has just released Greek Buddha: Pyrrho's Encounter with Early Buddhism in Central Asia, by Christopher Beckwith. I don't know the author, but he's clearly not a specialist in Pyrrhonism, so I wonder to what extent his comparisons are well supported. The problem with (most of the) papers and books comparing Pyrrhonism and Buddhism is that their authors are, as one would expect, specialists in only one of these subjects.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Carneades's Skepticism

Renata Zieminska's paper, "Carneades’ Approval as a Weak Assertion: A Non-Dialectical Interpretation of Academic Skepticism," has now been published online in The European Legacy. It can be found here.