Sunday, September 28, 2008

Isn't Something Missing?

A couple of weeks ago I read a review of the following book at BMCR:

Richard Sorabji & Robert W. Sharples (edd.), Greek and Roman Philosophy 100 BC-200 AD. 2 vols. Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. Supplement 94. London: Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, 2007.

I was really surprised by the absence of one or more chapters on Pyrrhonism as well as by the fact that the reviewer didn't say anything about this. Perhaps Sorabji provides an explanation in his introduction? But what could possibly be the reason for not including at least a chapter on Pyrrhonism?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sinnott-Armstrong's Moral Skepticism

The latest issue of The Philosophical Quarterly features a critical discussion of Walter Sinnott-Armstrong's Moral Skepticisms (OUP, 2006). Its author is Garrett Cullity (University of Adelaide). You can find the article here (if the link doesn't work, please let me know).

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Handbook of Skepticism

The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism is finally available. Its price is U$S150, but at the moment it is possible to buy it at U$S120. For information, go here.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Forthcoming Book on Ancient Skepticism

Next November Acumen will publish Harald Thorsrud's Ancient Scepticism, which provides an introduction to the subject. You can find information about the book here.

Hal is Assistant Professor at Agnes Scott College (Georgia). He has published a couple of fine papers on ancient skepticism:

"Is the Examined Life Worth Living? A Pyrrhonian Alternative," Apeiron 36 (2003): 229-249.

"Cicero on His Academic Predecessors: the Fallibilism of Arcesilaus and Carneades," Journal of the History of Philosophy 40 (2002): 1-18.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Conference in Venice

On September 23-24, at the Dipartimento di Filosofia e Teoria delle Scienze of the Università Ca’ Foscari-Venezia, Carlo Natali and Stefano Maso will organize the conference "La filosofia antica e i suoi metodi". There will be two papers on skepticism: Franco Trabattoni's "Lo scetticismo antico: la posizione di Platone" and Anna Maria Ioppolo's "Elenchos socratico e genesi della strategia argomentativa dell'Academia scettica". For more information, click here.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Talk on Favorinus

Carlos Lévy (Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne) is going to deliver the paper "Le scepticisme de Favorinus, entre Académie et néopyrrhonisme" at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro on September 11 at 15.30. For more information, go here.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


From now on the ancient philosophy journal Méthexis will be edited by Franco Trabattoni (Università degli Studi di Milano) in collaboration with Mauro Bonazzi. This way there will be two ancient philosophy journals edited in Italy, namely, Méthexis and Elenchos.

The journal was founded by Conrado Eggers Lan (Universidad de Buenos Aires) and until now it has always been edited by Argentinian scholars. I don't really know why Marcelo Boeri and Alejandro Vigo are no longer the editors.

A couple of papers on skepticism have been published in Méthexis:

Richard Bett, "Reactions to Aristotle in the Greek Sceptical Tradition", Méthexis 12 (1999): 17-34.

Gail Fine, "Sceptical Dogmata: Outlines of Pyrrhonism I 13", Méthexis 13 (2000): 81-105

Anna-Maria Ioppolo, "Gli Accademici neoteroi nel secondo secolo d. C.", Méthexis 15 (2002): 45-70.

As far as I know, the papers published in Méthexis are not available online.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Paper on Pyrrhonism

I would like to recommend the following paper by Stéphane Marchand: "Y a-t-il une écriture sceptique?", in C. Denat (ed.) Au-delà des textes: la question de l'écriture philosophique (Presses Universitaires de Reims 2007). Stéphane works at the Université de Paris X-Nanterre and is finishing his PhD dissertation ("Évolution historique et identité philosophique du pyrrhonisme ancien").