Saturday, August 30, 2008

DeRose's Book Project

As some of you may know, Keith DeRose (Yale University) is working on Knowledge, Skepticism, and Context. From what I've seen on this page, this will be a most interesting book.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Pyrrhonism and Buddhism

I've just found this new book: Pyrrhonism: How the Ancient Greeks Reinvented Buddhism (Lexington Books, 2008). Its author, Adrian Kuzminski, is supposed to be a research scholar in philosophy at Hartwick College (Oneonta, New York). Honestly, I don't know anything about him or this book, so this is not a recommendation. For information about the work, go here.

Friday, August 22, 2008

A Companion to Descartes

Last year Blackwell published A Companion to Descartes, edited by Janet Broughton and John Carriero. Among the contributions, there's a paper by Casey Perin entitled "Descartes and the Legacy of Ancient Skepticism" and a paper by David Owens entitled "Descartes's Use of Doubt". Casey's paper can be found on his webpage (see the list of specialists on the right). For the table of contents, go here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Forthcoming Book

Next year Luca Castagnoli (Durham University) is going to publish, at Cambridge University Press, The Logic of Ancient Self-Refutation: From Democritus to Augustine. I've taken a look at a very recent draft of the book and its third chapter is devoted to skepticism and self-refutation. This chapter, which I think is excellent, is a considerably revised and expanded version of Luca's "Self-bracketing Pyrrhonism", Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy (2000) 18: 263-328.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Books on Skepticism

The books Renaissance Scepticisms (edited by Paganini and Maia Neto) and The Oxford Handbook of Skepticism (edited by Greco) will not be published in August, as I said in previous posts. The latter will appear in September and the former in October.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Conference: Days 2 and 3

The conference ended on Friday but I didn't have much time to post. I'm happy with the results and the invited speakers told me so as well. They did a terrific job with their talks and the way they discussed the historical and philosophical issues at issue. Given that in Bs. As. I don't have the opportunity to discuss with specialists in Pyrrhonism, I found the experience fascinating and learned a lot. Also, this gave me the opportunity to meet some very cool people. Although the organization of the conference was exhausting, I hope I'll be able to organize another one in the future.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Conference: Day 1

The first day of the conference on Pyrrhonism was devoted to the ancient period. I think that the papers and the discussion were excellent. What was particularly interesting was that we not only discussed historical and textual issues, but also the philosophical problems raised by the Pyrrhonian outlook.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Pyrrhonian Conference

To those interested in the conference on Pyrrhonism: ten papers have already been uploaded here.