On September 23–25, the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies will host a conference on the skeptical thought of Rabbi Simone Luzzatto (ca. 1583–1663) and its value within seventeenth-century philosophy and political thought. For more information, click here.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
A new volume has been published in De Gruyter's series Studies and Texts in Scepticism:
G. Veltri, R. Haliva, S. Schmid & E. Spinelli (eds.), Sceptical Paths: Enquiry and Doubt from Antiquity to the Present. Berlin & Boston: De Gruyter, 2019.
The volume is open access and can be found here.
Monday, August 26, 2019
New bi-lingual editions of two works by the seventeenth-century Venetian rabbi, Simone Luzzatto, have just been published by De Gruyter as part of the series Studies and Texts in Scepticism. These works offer a blend of Judaism, skepticism, and political thought. Both books are open access.
Discourse on the State of the Jews. Ed. and trans. by Giuseppe Veltri and Anna Lissa. Berlin & Boston: De Gruyter, 2019.
Socrates, or on Human Knowledge. Ed. and trans. by Giuseppe Veltri and Michela Torbidoni. Berlin, & Boston: De Gruyter, 2019.
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Friday, August 9, 2019
The latest issue of the Italian journal Elenchos includes a paper on ancient skepticism:
John Christian Laursen, “Ancient Skepticism and Modern Fiction: Some Political Implications,” Elenchos 40 (2019): 199-215.
It can be found here.
Monday, July 29, 2019
Thanks to a review by Stéphane Marchand that is forthcoming at BMCR, I've discovered this new contribution to the scholarship on Sextus in Italian:
Massimo Catapano, Sesto Empirico e i tropi della sospensione del giudizio. Amsterdam: Adolf M. Hakkert, 2018.
For more information, go here.
Saturday, July 20, 2019
I'm glad to announce the publication of a book I've co-edited with Stéphane Marchand (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne):
Les raisons du doute: études sur le scepticisme antique (Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2019).
It contains original papers by Thomas Bénatouïl, Richard Bett, Christophe Grellard, Diego Machuca, Stéphane Marchand, Lorenzo Perilli, Casey Perin, Svavar Svavarsson, and Voula Tsouna. More information can be found here.
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Monday, June 17, 2019
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Saturday, April 27, 2019
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
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
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.