Monday, June 17, 2019

Issue 9.2 of IJSS

Issue 9.2 of the International Journal for the Study of Skepticism has just been published. It contains articles by Jan Forsman, Drew Johnson, and Mark Walker, as well as book reviews by Máté Veres and Neil Sinclair. It can be accessed here.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Postdoc Position in Hamburg

There's a call for applications for a postdoctoral position at the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies - Jewish Scepticism (Hamburg University). For complete information, go here.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Rationality of Religious Belief

The latest issue of Faith and Philosophy (36, 2019) includes two papers that deal with the rationality of religious belief: Jeroen de Ridder, “Against Quasi-Fideism”; and Jonathan Curtis Rutledge, “Perspectival Skeptical Theism”. Both are open access.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Austin and Skepticism

Last year, I missed the publication of Mark Kaplan's Austin's Way with Skepticism: An Essay on Philosophical Method (OUP, 2018). Complete information can be found here. A much shorter version of Kaplan's interpretation of Austin’s way with skepticism can be found in his chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism (OUP, 2008). 

Monday, April 15, 2019

Lecture Series on Skepticism and Tolerance

The Institute for Jewish Philosophy and Religion at the University of Hamburg, in cooperation with the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies, organizes a lecture series on “Skepsis and Toleranz: Moses Mendelssohn, Salomon Maimon und die jüdische Aufklärungsphilosophie”. For the complete program, go here.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Argumentation in Sextus Empiricus

For what it's worth, this paper of mine is now out in print: Pyrrhonian Argumentation: Therapy, Dialectic, and Inquiry, Apeiron 52 (2019): 199-221. Here's the abstract: 

The Pyrrhonist’s argumentative practice is characterized by at least four features. First, he makes a therapeutic use of arguments: he employs arguments that differ in their persuasiveness in order to cure his dogmatic patients of the distinct degrees of conceit and rashness that afflict them. Secondly, his arguments are for the most part dialectical: when offering an argument to oppose it to another argument advanced by a given dogmatist, he accepts in propria persona neither the truth of its premises and conclusion nor the validity of its logical form. Thirdly, he avails himself of arguments in his own open-minded inquiry into the truth about a wide range of topics. Fourthly, Pyrrhonian argumentation is oppositional inasmuch as it typically works by producing oppositions among arguments that appear to the Pyrrhonist to be equipollent. In this article, I focus on the first three features with the aim of both shedding some light on them and determining whether they are in tension or coherently relate to each other.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Skepticism and Anxiety

You might be interested in Sylvia Giocantis (Université de Toulouse) new book: Scepticisme et Inquiétude (Hermann, 2019). Below is the description in French, but more information can be found here. I think that, in the present context, ‘anxiety is probably a good translation of the French ‘inquiétude’.

Le philosophe sceptique serait-il voué à l’inquiétude? Il est admis que le sceptique antique jouit de la tranquillité de l’âme non pas en dépit du doute mais grâce à lui. Est-on fondé à soutenir que l’âme du sceptique moderne, exilée de Dieu, est tourmentée par le doute? Les Essais de Montaigne, modèle anthropologique, éthique et esthétique du scepticisme moderne, se présentent au contraire comme des pérégrinations enjouées, ou au moins consolatrices qui, se défiant de toute croyance, sont animées par un « souci de soi » non angoissé. Relayée par des scepticismes partiels (Fontenelle, Nietzsche, Cl. Rosset, M. Conche, J.-F. Billeter, H. Blumenberg), la présente étude analyse les modalités sceptiques d’une quête sereine de la jouissance du monde, ainsi que leurs points de rupture avec les conceptions métaphysique (Augustin, Heidegger), pessimiste (Pascal, Leopardi) et foucaldienne de la subjectivité.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Skepticism and Social Epistemology

A workshop entitled “Skepticism and Social Epistemology” will take place at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Haifa on Monday, April ‎‎8, 2019.

Although skepticism is a central theme in epistemology, skepticism is rarely dealt with in ‎social epistemology. A rarely challenged assumption in the epistemology of testimony is ‎that subjects normally acquire knowledge and justified belief from the testimony of ‎others. However, even if we can gain knowledge from non-testimonial sources, such as ‎perception and inference, there might be special reasons why we cannot get knowledge or ‎justified belief from testimony. Our increasing reliance on technologically and ‎algorithmically mediated testimonies and phenomena such as fake news may also cast ‎doubts on our possibility of getting testimonial knowledge in general or specific cases. ‎The workshop talks address these issues. 

The speakers will be Arnon Keren, Aviv Barnoy, Boaz Miller, Bryan Frances, Maya Roman, Ori Freiman, and Sandy Goldberg. 

Attendance is is free of charge, but prior registration is required. You may see the program and register at http://philevents.org/event/show/71482 or you can register by sending an email to boaz.m@zefat.ac.il.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Issue 9.1 of IJSS

Issue 9.1 of the International Journal for the Study of Skepticism has just been published. It contains articles by Ruth Weintraub, Ali Hossein Khani, Kevin McCain, and Nenad Popovic, as well as book reviews by Scott Aikin, Annalisa Coliva, Cameron Boult, and Gerhard Schurz. It can be accessed here.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Ancient Skepticism Workshop in Paris

Stéphane Marchand has organized a one-day workshop on ancient skepticism (“Actualités du scepticisme ancien”) to be held on March 18, from 14h to 18h, at the Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de la Sorbonne (Salle de formation), 17, rue de la Sorbonne, Paris. If you want to attend, you should register by sending an email to philo-recherche@univ-paris1.fr. Here's the program:

Richard Bett (Johns Hopkins University): “The Modes in Sextus: Theory and Practice”.

Lorenzo Corti (Université de Lorraine): “Scepticisme, croyance et doute chez les Pyrrhoniens”.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Conference “Skeptical Anthropology”

The conference “Anthropologie sceptique et modernité will take place at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon on March 13-15. For complete information, click here.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Pyrrhonism Bibliography

My annotated bibliography on Pyrrhonism in Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy, originally published in 2013, has just been updated.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Call for Papers

There's a call for papers on contemporary discussions of external world skepticism for Belgrade Philosophical Annual. For complete information, go here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Call for Fellowship Applications

The Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies (MCAS) at Universität Hamburg invites early career researchers to apply for its junior fellowship programme for the academic year 2019–2020. For complete information about the topic, eligibility, and application procedure, click here.