Sunday, November 30, 2014

Plutarch’s Adversus Colotem

In the last few years, there has been renewed interest in Plutarch’s Adversus Colotem. A couple of years ago, Eleni Kechagia published her Plutarch against Colotes: A Lesson in the History of Philosophy (OUP, 2012). Now it’s the turn of Aurora Corti’s L’Adversus Colotem di Plutarco: Storia di una polemica filosofica (Leuven University Press, 2014), a considerable part of which deals with skepticism.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Moral Disagreement

I just discovered this special issue of Philosophical Topics 38 (2010) devoted to moral disagreement and edited by John Davis.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Jules Vuillemin and Skepticism

On December 6th, the workshop “Le scepticisme selon Jules Vuillemin” will take place at the Archives Henri-Poincaré, in Nancy. Here's the program:

10h30-10h45 : Welcome by Philippe Nabonnand (Directeur des Archives Poincaré).

10h45-12h00 : Lorenzo Corti: “Jules Vuillemin et la morale du scepticisme.”

12h00-13h15 : Joseph Vidal-Rosset: “Rawls, un 'sceptique amateur de tranquillité'? Réponse à Jules Vuillemin.”

13h15-14h30 : Lunch (buffet sur place).

14h30-16h00 : Carlos Lévy: “Jules Vuillemin, historien ou inventeur de la Nouvelle Académie?”.

All participants are invited to lunch. If you're planning to attend, please confirm your participation as soon as possible: write either to Lorenzo Corti ( or to Joseph Vidal-Rosset ( For information about how to arrive at the Archives Poincaré, check this page:

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ancient Physics and Skepticism

The recently published collection, Space in Hellenistic Philosophy: Critical Studies in Ancient Physics (De Gruyter, 2014), edited by G. Ranocchia, C. Helmig, and C. Horn, includes the following two papers on Pyrrhonism:

Richard Bett, "Aenesidemus the Anti-Physicist."

Emidio Spinelli, "Φαινόμενα contra Νοούμενα: Sextus Empiricus, the Notion of Place and the Pyrrhonian Strategy at Work."

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Aporia in Ancient Philosophy

On November 28-30, 2014, the Plato Center at Trinity College Dublin will hold the conference "The Aporetic Tradition in Ancient Philosophy." There is no attendance fee. For information, contact George Karamanolis ( or Vasilis Politis ( Here's the program:

Friday 28 November

10.30: Registration and Coffee 
10.50: Welcome

11.00-12.30: John Palmer: "Dilemmatic arguments: the origins of aporia-based method in the Eleatic and Sophistic traditions."

14.00-15.30: Jan Szaif: "Aporetic dialogue in Plato’s early works."

16.00-17.30: Vasilis Politis: "Aporia and scepticism in Plato’s early dialogues."

18.00-19.30: Lesley Brown: "Aporia in the Theaetetus and in the Sophist."

Saturday 29 November 

9.30-11.00: Verity Harte: "Aporia in the Parmenides."

11.30-13.00: Friedemann Bubbensiek: "Aporia in Metaphysics Beta."

14.00-15.30: Jessica Gelber: "A case study of Aristotle’s use of aporiai in natural science: Generation of Animals."

16.00-17.30: Christof Rapp: "Aporia and dialectical method in Aristotle."

18.00-19.30: Jan Opsomer: "The aporetic mode in Plato's school, from the Early to the Hellenistic Academy."

Sunday 30 November 

9.30-11.00: John Dillon: "Aporia in Plutarch."

11.30-13.00: Luca Castagnoli: "Aporia and inquiry in ancient Pyrrhonism."

14.00-15.30: Inna Kupreeva: "Alexander of Aphrodisias: aporia and exegesis."

16.00-17.30 George Karamanolis: "The role of aporia in Plotinus."

18.00-19.30: Damian Caluori: "Aporia and the limits of reason in Damascius."

Monday, November 3, 2014

Montaigne and Skepticism

On November 13-14, the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 will host the symposium "Montaigne et le scepticisme: nouvelles perspectives." For complete information, right click on the image below and open it in a new tab.