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Jules Vuillemin on Ancient Scepticism

Thematic issue of Philosophia Scientiæ 20(3) (November 2016)

Guest editors: Lorenzo Corti (Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France) & Joseph Vidal-Rosset (Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France).

Submissions deadline: 01-12-2015.

Notification: 01-02-2016.

Final version due: 01-06-2016.

Following a one-day workshop devoted to the approach of the French philosopher Jules Vuillemin to ancient scepticism, which took place at the Archives Henri Poincaré at Nancy (France) on December the 6th 2014, the journal Philosophia Scientiae organises a special issue devoted to this theme, edited by Lorenzo Corti and Joseph Vidal-Rosset. On this occasion, we encourage submissions on Jules Vuillemin’s discussion of ancient scepticism.
Vuillemin deals with ancient scepticism in several loci of his work. In his Nécessité ou contingence?, having reconstructed the Dominator argument and three ancient reactions to it attested by Epictetus, he analyzes some ancient positions that defended contingency by dropping one of the implicit premises of the argument. One of these positions is that of Carneades, as attested in Cicero’s De Fato (Nécessité et Contingence?, 231-51). At the end of the same book, Vuillemin characterizes a few philosophical systems by the way in which they react to the Dominator argument. These include scepticism – i.e. the scepticism of Carneades, somehow understood as an ʻancient Humeʼ (Nécessité et Contingence?, 400-6). In his article ʻUne morale est-elle compatible avec le scepticisme ?ʼ (Philosophie 7 (1985), 21-51), Vuillemin asks the question mentioned in the title as far as four varieties of scepticism are concerned. In his « La justice par convention; signification philosophique de la doctrine de Rawls » (Dialectica 41, n°1-2 (1987), pp. 155-166), Vuillemin assimilates Rawls’ approach to justice to that of an Academic sceptic. This thematic issue of Philosophia Scientiae aims at inquiring into the multiple facets of the attitude of an atypical contemporary philosopher to ancient scepticism.

  • The submitted manuscripts will be published subject to peer-review. All papers have to be prepared for peer-review blind refereeing.

  •  Manuscripts should be submitted in French, English, or German, and prepared for anonymous peer review.

  • Abstracts in French and English of 200-300 words in length should be included.

  • Articles should not exceed 50,000 characters (spaces and footnotes included).

Please send submissions to:
Lorenzo Corti <>
Joseph Vidal-Rosset <>

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