A Workshop in Ancient Philosophy, October 18-19 2013, Philosophy Hall, Columbia University

Poster by Jens Haas

Diogenes Laertius’ Lives of the Eminent Philosophers contains a rich account of ancient skepticism (DL 9.61-116). Indeed, next to Sextus Empiricus’ writings, this text is the most detailed and philosophically precise description of Pyrrhonian skepticism. The workshop brings together contributors to a paperback edition of this text, which is currently not easily accessible to students. The volume offers a new English translation, printed next to the Greek text, as well as a range of scholarly essays by experts on ancient skepticism. It is part of the SAPERE series, which aims to make lesser known ancient texts accessible to a wider audience. The book begins with a philosophical introduction by the volume editor Katja Maria Vogt. It offers a translation and commentary by Elizabeth Scharffenberger and Katja Maria Vogt; a general account of Diogenes’ presentation of skepticism by Richard Bett; an essay on ancestry and precursors to skepticism in Greek poetry and Pre-Socratic philosophy by James Warren; a discussion of the skeptic’s language by Lorenzo Corti; a paper on skeptical investigation by Christiana Olfert; and an analysis of the skeptical modes of argument by David Sedley. At the workshop, drafts of these contributions will be presented and discussed.

October 18-19 2013, Common Room of the Heyman Center, Columbia University

Organizers: SAPERE and Katja Maria Vogt

Contributors: Richard Bett (Johns Hopkins), Lorenzo Corti (Paris ENS), Christiana Olfert (Tufts), Elizabeth Scharffenberger (Columbia), David Sedley (Cambridge), Katja Maria Vogt (Columbia), James Warren (Cambridge)

Co-sponsored by SAPERE, a project of the Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen and the Columbia Philosophy Department. We are grateful to the Heyman Center and the Columbia Society of Fellows for offering us use of video-conferencing equipment.