Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Evolutionary Debunking of Morality

The latest issue of Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (vol. 98, issue S1, 2017) contains two papers dealing with evolutionary debunking arguments in ethics: Andrew Moore's Debunking Morality: Lessons from the EAAN Literature (here) and Michael Klenk's Can Moral Realists Deflect Defeat Due to Evolutionary Explanations of Morality? (here).

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Conversion and Skepticism

The Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies has just published the first volume in the subseries Studies and Texts in Scepticism: D. Ruderman (ed.), Converts of Conviction: Faith and Scepticism in Nineteenth Century European Jewish Society (de Gruyter, 2018). The book is open access and can be found here.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Medieval and Modern Skepticism

A couple of months ago, Han Thomas Adriaenssen (Groningen) published Representation and Scepticism from Aquinas to Descartes (CUP, 2017). There's a recent fine review by Dominik Perler (Berlin) in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Skepticism

The following volume, with some excellent contributors, is now out: G. Anthony Bruno & A.C. Rutherford (eds.), Skepticism: Historical and Contemporary Inquiries (Routledge, 2018).

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Penelope Maddy on External-World Skepticism

At the beginning of the year, Penelope Maddy (UC, Irvine) published What Do Philosophers Do? Skepticism and the Practice of Philosophy (OUP, 2017). There's a recent critical review in NDPR by Alexander Jackson.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Summer School in Hamburg

The Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies will organize a summer school from July 29 to August 3, 2018 in Hamburg. The topic will be “Sceptical Strategies, Methods, and Approaches in the Middle Ages: Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Traditions.” The Summer School is intended for MA students and PhD candidates from the Humanities. Depending on capacity, BA students in their last year of studies may be accepted. Up to 15 fully-funded scholarships (travel and accommodation) are available. For complete information, go here.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Formal Epistemology and Skepticism

I've just found about this monograph by Tomoji Shogenji that makes use of Bayesian reasoning to (allegedly) defeat Cartesian skepticism: Formal Epistemology and Cartesian Skepticism: In Defense of Belief in the Natural World (Routledge). Click here for more information.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Talk in Buenos Aires

On November 23rd, from 5 pm to 7 pm, Rico Gutschmidt will give the talk “Illusion or Insight? Skepticism and the External Standpoint” at the Sociedad Argentina de Análisis Filosófico (SADAF), in Buenos Aires. For more information, click here.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

New Volume on Moral Skepticism

I'm glad to announce that the volume Moral Skepticism: New Essays (Routledge) is now out. Contributors include David Copp, Terry Horgan, Richard Joyce, Hallvard Lillehammer, Bart Streumer, Folke Tersman, Christine Tiefensee, Mark Timmons, Mark van Roojen, Aaron Zimmerman, and myself. More information can be found here.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Buddhism and Skepticism

On November 14-16, the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies (Hamburg) will host the workshop Buddhism and Scepticism: Historical, Philosophical, and Comparative Perspectives.” For more information, go here.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Issue 7.4 of IJSS

Issue 7.4 of the International Journal for the Study of Skepticism is now out. It is devoted to a symposium on Annalisa Coliva's Extended Rationality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). It can been accessed here.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Second Yearbook of the MCAS

The second Yearbook of the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies has just been published. All the papers can be accessed for free here.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Skepticism and Religion Workshop

On November 7-8, the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies (Hamburg) will host the workshop Scepticism and Religion in al-Ghazālī, Maimonides, and Hume. Detailed information can be found here.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Oswaldo Porchat (1933-2017)

On October 15th, Oswaldo Porchat Pereira passed away. This is very sad news particularly for the Brazilian philosophical community. Porchat pursued his undergraduate and graduate studies in philosophy at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), obtaining a Ph.D. with a dissertation on Aristotle’s conception of science. He spent research periods in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. He was the founder of both the philosophy department and the Centro de Lógica, Epistemologia e História da Ciência at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). He considered himself a skeptic and devoted his work almost exclusively to discussing Sextus Empiricus's Pyrrhonism. His teaching and writings exerted a strong influence on his students (e.g., Plínio Junqueira Smith, Luiz Eva, Otávio Bueno, Roberto Bolzani), to the extent that several of them devoted their own work to the study of skepticism, creating in Brazil a relatively large community of academics interested in that philosophical movement. At the time of his death, he was emeritus professor at USP. I met him once in 2014, in São Paulo, when I gave a talk about his neo-Pyrrhonism, which is expounded in a series of papers collected in Rumo ao Ceticismo (Editora UNESP, 2007). It is quite hard to determine exactly what his skeptical stance consists in, but as he told me then, he always took his latest paper to be the true expression of his thought and was largely unconcerned with whether it was consistent with the ideas expounded in his previous writings. He seemed to be a gentle person.