Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Talk on Sextus

On January 30, at the École Normale Supérieure (45, rue d’Ulm, Paris), Emidio Spinelli will deliver the paper "Contre l’art du bien parler: pour une réflexion critique sur la rhétorique dans Sextus Empiricus". The meeting will take place at 14.30h at the "Salle Cavaillès". For more information, click here.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Table of Contents

I haven't been able to post anything lately because I'm working on a couple of projects which are very time consuming. At the moment, I'm trying to get information about the contents of two collections of essays on skepticism: Burnyeat's The Skeptical Tradition (University of California Press, 1983) and Sihvola's Ancient Scepticism and the Sceptical Tradition (Acta Philosophica Fennica 66, 2000). I have offprints of some of the papers, but I need to take a look at the table of contents. So any help is most welcome.

Update: I've gotten the information about the two collections. Thanks for your help with this.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Regress Problem

Michael Rescorla (UCSB) is the author of two very recent papers dealing, directly or indirectly, with the so-called regress problem: 'Shifting the Burden of Proof?', Australasian Journal of Philosophy 87 (2009), and 'Epistemic and Dialectical Regress', The Philosophical Quarterly 59 (2009). These papers are available online here and here, respectively.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Skepticism in Medieval Philosophy

For those interested in the presence and discussion of skepticism in medieval philosphy, I recommend the following two papers by Christophe Grellard (Université Paris I): "Comment peut-on se fier à l'expérience? Esquisse d'une typologie des réponses médiévales au scepticisme", Quaestio 4 (2004), and "Scepticism, Demonstration and the Infinite Regress Argument (Nicholas of Autrecourt and John Buridan)", Vivarium 42/2-3 2007). The PDF files of the printed versions are available on his webpage.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Skepticism Conference

I've just found out that the Basic Knowledge Project at the Arché Research Centre at the St Andrews University will host a conference on skepticism on June, 13-14.

The keynote speakers will be: Anthony Brueckner (UC Santa Barbara), Stewart Cohen (Arizona), Ernest Sosa (Rutgers), Jonathan Vogel (Amherst), Brian Weatherson (Rutgers/Arché), Roger White (MIT), and Crispin Wright (NYU/Arché).

There will be four 30 minute talks delivered by graduate students, followed by 20 minutes for questions. You must send your paper via e-mail to dd40@st-andrews.ac.uk by 15 March, 2009. Papers should be made suitable for blind refereeing. You will be notified of acceptance by 15 April.

Students whose papers are accepted will have their accommodation covered. It might also be possible to cover the cost of travel, depending on the outcome various grant applications and other financial contingencies.

The webpage of the conference is here, but there is no information posted there yet.

For more information, you can contact Dylan Dodd (dd40@st-andrews.ac.uk) or Elia Zardini (ez4@st-andrews.ac.uk).

Friday, January 2, 2009

Ethical Skepticism

Richard Joyce's interesting critical discussion ("The Skeptic's Tale") of Michael Huemer's Ethical Intuitionism has just appeared in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 78/1 (2009). You can find it here.