Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Conference on Simone Luzzatto

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.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Skeptical Paths

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

Simone Luzzatto

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

Issue 9.3 of IJSS

Issue 9.3 of the International Journal for the Study of Skepticism has just been published. It is a special issue, “Epistemic Vice and Forms of Scepticism,” with contributions by Yuval Avnur, Genia Schönbaumsfeld, Adam Carter, Pierre Le Morvan, and Aidan McGlynn. It can be accessed here.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Ancient Skepticism and Modern Fiction

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

Sextus and the Modes

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

New Volume on Ancient Skepticism

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

Lecture at MCAS

On July 9, 2019, at the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies (Hamburg), Nadja El Kassar (ETH Zürich) will give the lecture “How to Deal with Ignorance? Some Historical Suggestions.” For more information, click here.

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.