The University of Chicago is hosting a conference on “Skepticism as a Form of Philosophical Experience” on February 3-5, 2017. For complete information, go here.
Monday, December 5, 2016
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Just found this book that deals with skepticism in Early Modern England from the viewpoint of literature and intellectual history:
For more information, go here.
Melissa M. Caldwell, Skepticism and Belief in Early Modern England: The Reformation of Moral Value (Routledge 2016).
For more information, go here.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
The bulk of the latest issue of the French journal Philosophia Scientiæ (20.3/2016) is devoted to Jules Vuillemin's interpretation of skepticism. Here's the ToC, but to read the abstracts and access the papers, go here.
Lorenzo Corti, Joseph Vidal-Rosset: “Préface.”
Lorenzo Corti: “Jules Vuillemin et la morale du pyrrhonisme.”
Ugo Zilioli: “Could the Cyrenaics live an ethical life? Jules Vuillemin’s answer (and a further suggestion).”
Stéphane Marchand: “Jules Vuillemin et le scepticisme utilitaire de Carnéade.”
Carlos Lévy: “Jules Vuillemin, le pyrrhonisme et Carnéade.”
Baptiste Mélès: “Comment le scepticisme est devenu un système. La classification de Jules Vuillemin et ses transformations.”
Joseph Vidal-Rosset: “Rawls, « un sceptique amateur de tranquillité » ? Réponse à Jules Vuillemin.”
Saturday, November 19, 2016
There is a call for registration for the interdisciplinary conference “The Descent of Moral Sentiment,” which will deal with the ontogeny and evolution of human morality. It will take place on February 13-15, 2017, at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. For complete information about the conference, click here.
Monday, November 14, 2016
A volume dealing with the connection between skepticism and religion particularly in ancient philosophy has just been published:
A.-I. Bouton-Touboulic, C. Lévy (eds.), Scepticisme et religion: Constantes et évolutions, de la philosophie hellénistique à la philosophie médiévale (Brepols, 2016).
More information can be found here.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Monday, October 31, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
On May 4-6 2017, there will be an interdisciplinary conference, “From Reasonable Doubt to Undue Scepticism,” at Birkbeck College, London. The conference will bring together scholars from various disciplines (psychology, epistemology, philosophy of science, law, statistics) and practicing professionals (lawyers/judges, clinicians, climate scientists, forensic scientists, journalists) to work towards an understanding of reasoning and decision-making under uncertainty through the lens of the notion of ‘reasonable doubt’. The goal is not only to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue, but also to pay particular attention to everyday practice. This should shed new light on epistemological and psychological questions about the nature and dynamics of belief and action, as well as on difficult judicial issues. Fostering such a dialogue among disciplines, and between researchers and practitioners, should also have implications for currently pressing societal issues such as the role and credentials of experts in democracy, conspiracy theories, science denial, and the epistemology and psychology of the social media — in short, societal concerns rooted in the difficulty of navigating an overwhelming mass of information.
Professor Branden Fitelson (Northeastern University)
Professor Larry Laudan (University of Texas at Austin)
Professor Stephan Lewandowsky (University of Bristol)
Professor Paul Roberts (University of Nottingham)
Professor Dan Simon (University of Southern California Gould School of Law)
Call for papers
In addition to the keynote presentations, a few slots will be open for contributed papers. We invite submissions from scholars or practitioners in any field relevant to the topic of the conference. The deadline for submission is December 20th, 2016. Among the issues to be addressed are the following: What is the meaning of ‘reasonable doubt’ as a legal standard of proof (how should it be understood, and how is it, in practice)? What would a Bayesian decision-theoretical account of ‘reasonable doubt’ as a possible norm of reasoning and decision-making look like? Are there criteria to tell apart reasonable doubts from unreasonable ones? Who is legitimate in setting them, and in virtue of what kind of credentials? How can critical thinking be promoted without encouraging science denial and undermining the credentials of scientists? More generally, any reflection on how experts (climate scientists, forensic scientists, health professionals, etc.) and decision-makers, but also journalists having to pass on information to the public, deal with doubt and uncertainty in their day-to-day work would be welcome.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
For those interested in evolutionary debunking arguments in ethics, here are three good (advanced) overviews:
K. Mason, “Debunking Arguments and the Genealogy of Religion and Morality,” Philosophy Compass 5 (2010): 770–778. (Click here.)
K. Vavova, “Evolutionary Debunking of Moral Realism,” Philosophy Compass 10 (2015): 104–116. (Click here.)
E. Wielenberg, “Ethics and Evolutionary Theory,” forthcoming in Analysis. (Click here.)
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
There is a Call for Papers for an International Conference on Scepticism, organized by the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies – Jewish Scepticism. The conference will be held on 8-11 May, 2017 at the University of Hamburg (Germany). The conference committee invites six young scholars (PhD candidates and postdocs) to participate in one of the two round-table discussions of the conference by giving a 20-minute lecture on a topic broadly related to scepticism, followed by 10–20 minutes of discussion and Q&A. The topics of the roundtables are: “Scepticism in Antiquity and the Middle Ages” (three lectures) and “Scepticism in (Early) Modern and Contemporary Times” (three lectures). All lectures should be based on current or future research projects.
PhD candidates or postdocs who wish to present papers are requested to submit a 200-word abstract and a CV until 15th October 2016 to the e-mail account listed below. Expenses for travel and accommodation will be covered by the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies.
For further information and questions please contact:
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Those interested in the “skeptical” aspects of the Sophists' views might want to know about the publication of a new French translation of both Platon's Gorgias and Gorgias's Encomium of Helen:
Gorgias de Platon, suivi d'Éloge d'Hélène de Gorgias, translated by Stéphane Marchand and Pierre Ponchon (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 2016).
For more information, go here.
Monday, September 19, 2016
In 1994, Richard Garner published Beyond Morality (Temple University Press), in which he defends moral error theory and moral abolitionism. The book was out of print for a few years, but in 2014 was republished by Echo Point Books & Media. For more information, go here.