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
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Monday, June 15, 2015
There is a call for applications for Four Junior Fellowships at the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies – Jewish Scepticism, at the University of Hamburg. Two fellowships are for PhD candidates and two for Post-Docs, in each case for a period of six months, either during the fall or spring semester 2015-16. The application deadline for the fall 2015 semester fellowship is June 30, 2015. The application deadline for the spring 2016 semester fellowship is December 31, 2015. For more information, contact Bill Rebiger at email@example.com.
Sunday, May 31, 2015
The Universidade Estadual de Campinas-UNICAMP will hold its X Colóquio Nacional/VII Colóquio Internacional Wittgenstein, “Wittgenstein-Knowledge and Scepticism,” on October 14-16, 2015. The organizers accept contributions in Portuguese, English, or French. To submit your paper, send an abstract of 200-500 words to firstname.lastname@example.org and fill out the on-line enrollment form here. Make sure to include the following additional information: name of the author(s), title of the paper, institutional affiliation and status (masters or doctoral student, lecturer/researcher). For complete information about the conference, go here.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
On June 12th, from 9:30 to 17:45, the University of Cologne will host the workshop "Defeaters, Higher-Order Evidence, and the Limits of Defeat." You can find the program here. Participation is free. For registration and further information, contact Thomas Grundmann at grundmann-sekretariat @ uni-koeln.de.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Saturday, May 2, 2015
The Department of Classics at Durham University is organizing the workshop "Infinity and Infinite Regress Arguments in Ancient Philosophy," which will take place on July 13th-14th, 2015. The organizers welcome abstracts of up to 500 words for presentations up to 30 minutes on the topics of infinity and infinite regress arguments, primarily, but not exclusively, in ancient philosophy. They are interested in pieces on specific texts, arguments or thinkers, as well as synoptic pieces looking at a range of material. Please send abstracts (prepared for blind review) or questions to: Matthew Ducombe (email@example.com) by May 22th.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Issue 5.2 of the International Journal for the Study of Skepticism is now available online. It is a special issue on Ancient Skepticism, Voluntarism, and Science, edited by Anjan Chakravartty. Contributors include Richard Bett, Otávio Bueno, A. Chakravarty, Casey Perin, and Michael Williams. The papers can be found here.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Particularly in the past few years, there has been an intense debate about the evolutionary debunking of moral realism. The latest issue of Analysis includes a new contribution to this debate: Andreas Mogensen's "Evolutionary Debunking Arguments and the Proximate/Ultimate Distinction," which can be found here.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
The latest issue of the Italian journal Elenchos (35/2, 2014) contains Stéphane Marchand's "Sextus Empiricus: les effets politiques de la suspension du jugement." It will soon be available on this site; in the meantime here is the abstract: "The aim of this paper is to examine the political implications of Sextus Empiricus’ neo-Pyrrhonism by considering two fundamental texts (PH I 23-24; AM XI 162-165). Both texts are usually interpreted as endorsing political conformism insofar as Sextus allegedly claims that one should follow the laws and customs of one's community. But it seems possible to interpret the reference to laws and customs merely as a description of what humans in fact do. What Sextus would therefore recommend is to abandon any theoretical approach to politics in favor of a pragmatic one."
Friday, March 20, 2015
Those interested in Sextus Empiricus's Pyrrhonism might want to read this new paper by Svavar Svavarsson: "The Skeptic's Luck: On Fortuitous Tranquillity." In E. K. Emilsson, A. Maravela, and M. Skoie (eds.), Paradeigmata: Studies in Honour of Øivind Andersen, 177-186. Athens: Norwegian Institute at Athens, 2014.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
On March 16-17, the New Insights and Directions for Religious Epistemology project at Oxford University will host the workshop, "Etiology, Debunking, and Religious Epistemology," focusing on the etiology of belief and debunking arguments and their relevance to questions in the philosophy of religion or analytic theology. To register, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information can be found here.