Friday, August 15, 2014

The Oswaldo Porchat Essay Competition

A few days ago, I received the following information:

The Journal Sképsis is sponsoring an essay competition for young philosophers on the theme of skepticism. The purpose is to stimulate new studies on skepticism and to offer young scholars the opportunity to publish the results of their research. Winners will be announced and their essays published in the journal.

The rules of the competition are as follows:

1. Entrants
The author should not be a PhD for over 5 years at the time of the submission deadline. Submissions must include a copy of an official document verifying that the entrant’s is not a PhD for more than 5 years.

2. Essay
(a) must be original and unpublished;
(b) must have only one author;
(c) must not exceed 10,000 words, including notes and bibliography;
(d) must be written in one of the following languages: Portuguese, Spanish, French or English.

3. Theme
The paper must deal with skepticism, either contemporary skepticism or its history.

4. Submissions
(a) Deadline: February 28, 2015;
(b) Entrants must submit two electronic files: first, the essay submission with no name; second, a file containing the author’s personal information (name, title of paper, affiliation, documentation with his last title, email, address, and telephone)

5. Decision
(a) Submissions shall be judged by a prize committee of at least 4 members;
(b) The prize committee is composed by: Diego Machuca, Plínio Junqueira Smith, Sébastien Charles, and Todd Ryan. If necessary, more scholars may help the committee.
(c) Winners will be announced no later than July 31, 2015.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Academic Skepticism in Early Modern Philosophy

Springer has just published José Maia Neto's Academic Skepticism in Seventeeth-Century French Philosophy: The Charronian Legacy 1601-1662. Complete information can be found here.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Sextus's Against the Physicists

In case you're interested, my review of Richard Bett's translation of Sextus Empiricus's Against the Physicists (CUP 2012) has just appeared in the British Journal for the History of Philosophy.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Eichorn on Sextus Empiricus

The latest issue of Ancient Philosophy (34/2014) contains Roger Eichorn's "How (Not) To Read Sextus Empiricus." You can find it here.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Problem of the Criterion

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy has now a new entry on the problem of the criterion by Kevin McCain. You can check it out here.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Pyrrhonian Skepticism and Anti-Intellectualism

The latest issue of the Mexican journal Tópicos includes Jorge Ornelas's paper, "Escepticismo y anti-intelectualismo: una revisión del ideal socrático desde la perspectiva pirrónica." You can find it here.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Brill Studies in Skepticism

The new book series, Brill Studies in Skepticism, arising out of the International Journal for the Study of Skepticism, has now a promotional webpage where you can find complete information about the series. Proposals for monographs or edited volumes are welcome.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Kant and Skepticism

The latest article published in Philosophers' Imprint is Matthew Kelsey’s “Kant’s Diagnosis of the Unity of Skepticism,” which you can find here. (I was surprised by the artificial distinction between Pyrrhonian and Agrippan skepticism.)

Monday, May 19, 2014

Wittgenstein and Skepticism

The 6th Annual Conference of the British Wittgenstein Society (BWS), titled "Wittgenstein and Epistemology," will take place at the University of Edinburgh on June 5-6, 2014. Quite a few of the papers will deal with skepticism. Information can be found here. (At this point, click on "Confirmed Speakers" to get information about the papers.)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Pyrrhonism Past and Present

Next week (May 13, 14 & 16), I will give a lecture series titled "Pyrrhonism Past and Present" at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and at the Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). The lecture series will consist of three talks on Sextus Empiricus's Pyrrhonism, Robert Fogelin's neo-Pyrrhonism, and Oswaldo Porchat's neo-Pyrrhonism. I'm grateful to Plínio Junqueira Smith for the invitation, which will give me the opportunity to discuss both my interpretation of Pyrrhonism and my own Pyrrhonian stance.