Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Skepticism in the Modern Age

Brill has finally published Skepticism in the Modern Age: Building on the Work of Richard Popkin, edited by José Maia Neto, Chris Laursen, and Gianni Paganini. Information about the book can be found here.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Roman Conference

On October 9-10, the Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza" will hold the conference "Logos, episteme, praxis". The venue is Villa Mirafiori, Via Carlo Fea 2 - Roma, Biblioteca di Lingue. Below I copy the whole program (in Italian). Two papers will deal with ancient Pyrrhonism, and a third (on Galen) will probably touch on skepticism.

Venerdì 9 ottobre

9.00 Apertura dei lavori

9.30 Francesco Aronadio, "Il de virtute pseudoplatonico: distinguere le buone e le cattive nature"

10.15 Diana Quarantotto, "Aristotele: l'unità della scienza della natura"

11.00 Break

11.15 Thomas Bénatouïl, "Logos et praxis chez Dicéarque"

16.00 Gabriele Cornelli, "Comunità e discorsi: i logoi di Pitagora fra Dicearco e Apollonio di Tiana"

16.45 Francesco Verde, "Il tempo nella fisica di Stratone di Lampsaco"

17.30 Break

17.45 Riccardo Chiaradonna, "Epistemologia e medicina: La dottrina del criterio in Galeno"

Sabato 10 ottobre

9.30 Mauro Bonazzi, "Il platonismo politico di Plutarco"

10.15 Diego Machuca, "Pyrrhonian Relativism"

11.00 Break

11.15 Emidio Spinelli, "Contro l´arte del bel parlare: filosofia e retorica in Sesto Empirico"

12.00 Discussione finale e chiusura dei lavori

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


David Christensen (Brown) has just published "Disagreement as Evidence: The Epistemology of Controversy", Philosophy Compass 4/4: 756-767 (click here to access the issue). This paper may be of interest to those working on contemporary skepticism or on Pyrrhonism. I do research on Pyrrhonian skepticism and have learned a lot from contemporary discussions of the epistemic significance of disagreement.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Talks in Mexico City

On September 21, 23, and 25, Michael Williams (Johns Hopkins University) will give three talks at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico. He will talk about Pyrrhonism and some contemporary answers to this form of skepticism, including his own.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

New Book

A couple of months ago, W. Sinnott-Armstrong (Dartmouth College) published Morality Without God (OUP). For information, click here. Stéphane Marchand let me know that there's an interview about the book on Philosophy Bites, but the link doesn't seem to work at the moment.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Humean Skepticism

Robert Fogelin's Hume's Skeptical Crisis: A Textual Study (OUP) has just been published. For information, go here.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Series of Talks

Update: I've just been told that the talks Luca Castagnoli was going to give in Mexico have been cancelled.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Modern Skepticism

Last year, Plínio Junqueira Smith (Universidade Federal de São Paulo) published “La Critique de la raison pure face aux scepticismes cartésien, baylien et humien”, in Dialogue 47: 463-500. Those with access can read the paper by clicking here.