Mark Walker (New Mexico State University) has created the Facebook discussion group "Ancient and Modern Skepticism." It can be found here.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
There is a new Polish translation of Sextus Empiricus's Pyrrhonian Outlines by Zbigniew Nerczuk (Nicolaus Copernicus University):
Sekstus Empiryk, Zarysy Pyrrońskie. Wydawnictwo Naukowe UMK 2019.
You can find a note on the translation in English here.
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Although it is open access, I haven't taken a look at this book yet, but it's topic seems intriguing: it explores the influence of ancient skepticism on early modern English, Spanish, and French drama:
Leonie Pawlita, Staging Doubt: Skepticism in Early Modern European Drama. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2019.
You can find more information and access the PDF file here.
Friday, April 3, 2020
Monday, March 9, 2020
Issue 10.1 of the International Journal for the Study of Skepticism has just been published. It is devoted to a symposium on Keith DeRose's The Appearance of Ignorance: Knowledge, Skepticism, and Context, Volume 2 (OUP, 2017), with contributions by Peter Baumann, Michael Blome-Tillmann, Elke Brendel, Robin McKenna, and of course DeRose. It can be accessed here.
Friday, March 6, 2020
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Next Tuesday (February 4th) at 18:00, at the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies (Hamburg University), Reuven Kiperwasser will give the talk, “'Had It Not Been a Written Verse, It Would Have Been Impossible to Say It': Humour and Scepticism in Narratives in the Babylonian Talmud.” For more info, go here.
Monday, January 20, 2020
There is a Call for Papers for the conference “The Varieties of Anti-skepticism, from Past to Present,” which will be take place at the Universidad de Navarra (Spain) on September 16-18, 2020. For complete information, go here. (Something I'll never understand is why on earth organizers of this sort of conference give only 20 minutes for exposition. Just reduce the number of speaking slots and give about 30-35 minutes.)
Thursday, January 16, 2020
The literature on skepticism in Hume has considerably grown over the past few years. There's now a new book on this topic that was published at the very end of 2019:
Peter Fosl, Hume's Scepticism: Pyrrhonian and Academic. Edinburgh University Press.
More information can be found here.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Friday, December 27, 2019
Monday, December 16, 2019
There are two calls for applications at the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies (Hamburg University)., which is an ideal place to do research on skepticism.
(1) 4 Junior and 2-3 Senior Fellowships for 2020/21. Deadline: January 15, 2020. For information, click here.
(2) Research Associate Position, commencing on April 1, 2020 (for 3.5 years). Deadline: 3, 2020. For information, click here.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
A regular reader of this blog, Pete White (Cornell), sent me a message I'd like to share because it addresses an issue I was unaware of:
“In a recent paper “Does Pyrrhonism Have Practical or Epistemic Value?,” you describe a scholar for whom the reading of Sextus's writings prompts a blissful experience similar to that from reading certain Buddhist texts. I have had that experience but it is not with a written text. Perhaps you are familiar with The Ten Oxherding Pictures from the Buddhist tradition https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Bulls. I first saw them over 50 years ago and was moved in a way I could not put into words. Pyrrhonism later provided those words. The first 2 pictures “In Search of the Ox” and “Discovery of the Footprints” correspond to noticing the anomalies. Pictures 3 and 4 “Perceiving the Ox” and “Catching the Ox” correspond to the search. “Taming the Ox” and “Riding the Ox Home” are isosthenia. “The Ox Transcended” and “Both the Ox and Self Transcended” are epoche. “Reaching the Source” and “Return to Society” map to ataraxia. The connections between Buddhism and Pyrrhonism have been extensively discussed, but The Ten Oxherding Pictures have been left out of the discussion. Apart from the 'bliss' this overlap provides, this correlation is of practical import. As you and others have discussed many times, critics from ancient times through David Hume to the present day have said Pyrrhonism is not really liveable. Buddhism is followed by millions and I am not aware that critics say Buddhism is unlivable. Since Pyrrhonism maps to Buddhism as presented in those Oxherding Pictures and Buddhism is livable, Pyrrhonism is just as liveable.”