Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sanches, Descartes, and Skepticism

To the best of my knowledge, there's not much written about Francisco Sanches's skepticism. So the following paper by Gianni Paganini is a welcome addition to the literature: “Sanches et Descartes. Subjectivité et connaissance réflexive au temps des sceptiques,” Bulletin de la Société internationale des amis de Montaigne 64 (2016): 173-185.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

On Sextus on Ethics, Politics, and Music

Two very recent papers on Sextus Empiricus by Emidio Spinelli (Roma):

- “Stoic Utopia Reconsidered: Pyrrhonism, Ethics, and Politics.” In C. Arruzza & D. Nikulin (eds.), Philosophy and Political Power in Antiquity. Brill: Leiden, 2016.

- “Are Flute-Players Better than Philosophers? Sextus Empiricus on Music, against Pythagoras.” In A.-B. Renger & A. Stavru (eds.), Pythagorean Knowledge From the Ancient to the Modern World: Askesis, Religion, Science. Harrassowitz Verlag: Wiesbaden, 2016.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Festschrift for Carlos Lévy

At the very end of 2016, Brepols published Vérité et apparence: Mélanges en l’honneur de Carlos Lévy offerts par ses amis et ses disciples, edited by P. Galand and E. Malaspina. This big book of 44 chapters includes four papers on skepticism by Emidio Spinelli, Brigitte Pérez-Jean, Thomas Bénatouïl, and Laurence Boulègue. For complete information about the volume, go here.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Disagreement-Based Skepticism

In case this is of interest to you, my contribution to the symposium on Jonathan Matheson's The Epistemic Significance of Disagreement (Palgrave, 2015) has now been published in Syndicate Philosophy, a recently launched journal devoted to book symposia. Together with my critical essay -- in which I focus on the connection between disagreement and skepticism -- you can find Matheson's reply and Scott Aikin's general introduction to the symposium. In the upcoming weeks, the critical essays by Amber Carlson, Chad Boghosian, and Nathan Ballantyne will be published together with the respective responses by Matheson. You can access the symposium here. The aim of Syndicate Philosophy is to start conversations about the book, the critical essays, and the author's responses, so if you're interested, you can participate by posting comments.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Graduate Conference on Skepticism

On February 16th-17th, Saint Louis University's philosophy department will host a graduate conference on skepticism, broadly construed. There is at present a call for papers, which should be no more than 3000 words in length. To submit a paper, send a blind copy to efulmer@slu.edu. The deadline for submissions is January 6th and notifications will be sent out on January 16th. Keynote addresses will be delivered by Ernest Sosa (Rutgers) and Jonathan Kvanvig (Washington University in Saint Louis). ​If you have any questions, contact Everett Fulmer (efulmer@slu.edu) or Luis Pinto de Sa (pintodesals@slu.edu).​

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New Issue of Sképsis

Issue 14 of the Brazilian journal Sképsis is now out. It is devoted to Barry Stroud. You can access it for free here.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Issue 6.4 of IJSS

Issue 6.4 of the International Journal for the Study of Skepticism is now out. It includes articles by Daniel Immerman and Moti Mizhari, discussions by Susan Feldman and Peter Murphy, and book reviews by Michael Hickson, Jack Lyons, and Joshua Thurow. You can access it here.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Moore, Wittgenstein, and Skepticism

The latest issue of Nordic Wittgenstein Review (5.2, 2016) includes Nicola Claudio Salvatore's “Moore(anists) and Wittgenstein on Radical Skepticism.” The paper can be found here.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Skepticism Conference in Chicago

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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Skepticism in Early Modern England

Just found this book that deals with skepticism in Early Modern England from the viewpoint of literature and intellectual history:

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

Vuillemin and Skepticism

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

Conference on the Evolution of Morality

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

Skepticism and Religion

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

New Book on Arcesilaus

A new book in Italian on the Academic skeptic Arcesilaus has just been published: 

Simone Vezzoli, Arcesilao di Pitane: l'origine del Platonismo neoaccademico. Analisi e fonti (Brepols 2016).

For more information, go here.