Monday, June 25, 2012

Conference on Academic Skepticism

Here's the program for the conference on Academic skepticism that will take place in Cyprus next week (thanks to Stéphane Marchand for sending me the information):

“Academic Skepticism: Philosophical Reflections on Knowledge and Rhetoric”
University of Nicosia

July 3rd, 14:00-17:00 – Room A009
(Chair: Sébastien Charles)

14:00: Opening of the Conference.
14:15-15:00: Ramón Román-Alcalá (Universidad de Córdoba), “The Demise of Plato’s Academy: Murder or Natural Causes?” 
15:00-15:45: Renata Zieminska (University of Szczecin), “Approval as weak assertion. The fallibilist and non-dialectical interpretation of Carneades’ skepticism.”
15:45-16:15: Coffee break.
16:15-17:00Máté Veres (Central European University), “How to Have a Concept of God? Consensus and Disagreement in Cicero, Plutarch and Sextus Empiricus.”

July 4th, 9:00-12:30 – Room A009
(Chair: Sébastien Charles)

9:00-9:45 : Stéphane Marchand (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon), "Scepticisme et rhétorique, le cas de la Nouvelle Académie à partir du corpus cicéronien."
9:45-10:30: Marie-Dominique Couzinet (Université de Paris I), "Cicéron academicus dans l’œuvre de Pierre de La Ramée et Omer Talon."
10:30-11:00: Coffee break.
11:00-11:45: Nicolas Correard (Université de Nantes), "Le dialogue “more academicorum” en Espagne au XVIe siècle."
11:45-12:30: Gregor Kroupa (University of Ljublana), "Early Modern Encyclopedia and the Ordering of Knowledge."

July 4th, 14:00-17:30 – Room A009
(Chair: Nicolas Correard)

14:00-14h45: Joël Boudreault (Université de Sherbrooke), "Le passage du doute à la science: les Dissertations de 1693 de Simon Foucher."
14:45-15:30: Sébastien Charles (Université de Sherbrooke), "Les bornes du scepticisme académique: la question morale dans l’œuvre de Simon Foucher."
15:30-16:00: Coffee break.
16:00-16:45: Anton Matytsin (University of Pennsylvania), “Pyrrhonism or Academic Skepticism? Friedrich Wilhelm Bierling’s ‘Reasonable Doubt’ in the Commentatio de Pyrrhonismo Historico (1724).”
16:45-17:15: Round table and end of the Conference.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

New Essay on Sextus

The volume Theoria, Praxis and the Contemplative Life after Plato and Aristotle (Brill, 2012), edited by T. Bénatouïl and M. Bonazzi, contains the following paper by Emidio Spinelli: "Beyond the Theoretikos Bios: Philosophy and Praxis in Sextus Empiricus".

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Skepticism in Kant, Fichte & Hegel

I just found information about this new book:

Elena Ficara (ed.), Skeptizismus und Philosophie: Kant, Fichte, Hegel (Fichte-Studien 39). Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2012.

For more info go here.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Appeal to Disagreement in Modern Philosophy

I have a request for readers of the blog: I'm looking for passages in modern authors which put forth disagreement-based skeptical arguments. I've found passages in Montaigne (of course), Descartes, and Hume. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Closure and Skepticism

The latest issue of Philosophers' Imprint features a paper dealing with skepticism and closure: Yuval Avnur's "Closure Reconsidered." It can be found here.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Two Reviews

Brigitte Pérez-Jean recently reviewed Casey Perin's The Demands of Reason (OUP, 2010) and Lorenzo Corti's Scepticisme et langage (Vrin, 2009) for the Revue Philosophique de Louvain. The reviews can be found here.