Program for the conference “Athéisme, déisme et scepticisme au siècle des Lumières: les Dialogues sur la religion naturelle de Hume,” which will take place at the Université de Sherbrooke on May 9-11, 2011.

9 Mai

14 h – 15 h: Luiz Eva (Universidade Federal do Paraná), « Sceptical Sources of the Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion »

15 h – 16 h: Claude Gautier (Université Montpellier III), « Scepticisme et philosophie de la relation dans les Dialogues»

16 h 20 – 17 h 20: Sébastien Charles (Université de Sherbrooke), «Hume lecteur de Leibniz: théodicée et contre-théodicée à l’âge classique »

17 h 20 – 18 h 20: Étudiant 1 (Sherbrooke)

10 Mai

9 h – 10 h: Sylvia Giocanti (Université de Toulouse Le Mirail), « Les lieux du scepticisme dans les Dialogues sur la religion naturelle »

10 h – 11 h: Renato Lessa (Universidade Federal Fluminense), « The Argument of Design: from Religion to a Natural History of Political Orders and History »

11 h 20 – 12 h 20: Étudiant 2 (Canada ou international)

14 h-15 h: Pascal Taranto (Université de Nantes), « Théisme et athéisme dans les Dialogues sur la religion naturelle »

15h – 16 h: Dario Perinetti (Université du Québec à Montréal), « Religion and Passions in Hume »

16 h 20 – 17 h 20: Étudiant 3 (Canada ou International)

11 Mai

9 h – 10 h: Todd Ryan (Trinity College, Hartford), « Causa Dei: Bayle, Hume and God’s Nature »

10 h – 11 h: Gerardo Lopez Sastre (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha), « The Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion as a Sociology of Knowledge »

11 h 20 – 12 h 20: Étudiant 4 (Sherbrooke)

14 h – 15 h: Étudiant 5 (Sherbrooke)

15 h – 16 h: Étudiant 6 (Canada ou international)

16 h 20 – 17 h 20: Frédéric Brahami (Université de Franche-Comté), « Joseph de Maistre lecteur de Hume »


Sylvia Giocanti and Emmanuel Naya have organized a journée d’étude entitled “La fécondité des Académiques de Cicéron dans l’histoire du scepticisme.” This event is supported by GRAC/CERPHI (ENS-Lyon). Here’s is the program in French:

Vendredi 7 janvier 2011, de 8h30 à 12h30 et de 14h à 16h, Université de Toulouse II-Le Mirail, Département de Philosophie, Bâtiment 18, salle 214.


Stéphane Marchand (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon) : “Les Academica dans le Contra Academicos d’Augustin : sur l’usage et le détournement dogmatique du scepticisme.”

Christophe Grellard (Université de Paris I) : “La seconde acculturation chrétienne de Cicéron : la réception des Académiques aux IXème-XIIème siècles.”

Emmanuel Naya (Université de Lyon II) : “Skepsis in utramque partem : la place de la Nouvelle Académie dans la redécouverte du scepticisme à la Renaissance.”

Luiz Alvez Eva (Université de Parana, Brésil) : “Montaigne lecteur des Académiques.”


Sylvia Giocanti (Université de Toulouse II) : “Comment traiter de ce qui n’est ni entièrement certain ni indubitable ? Descartes héritier des Académiques de Cicéron.”

Sébastien Charles (Université de Sherbrooke, Canada) : “Cicero Redivivus : Foucher, apôtre moderne de l’académisme et critique du cartésianisme.”


Josef Moural has organized a workshop on ancient skepticism, to be held in Prague on 18th December 2010. Here is the program:

10 a.m.

Mauro Bonazzi (Università degli Studi di Milano): “Plutarch on the Difference between Academics and Pyrrhonists.”

Markus Lammenranta (University of Helsinki): “Agrippa’s Problem.”

(12-13:30 lunch break)

Josef Moural (Universita J. E. Purkyně, Ústí nad Labem): “What Kind of Investigation the Pyrrhonist Continues to Pursue after the ecpohê.”

Baptiste Bondu (Université Paris Ouest, Nanterre): “What Kind of Subjectivity Does the Sceptical phainomenon Involve in Sextus’ Texts?”

The Workshop takes place in room 342 of the Celetná building of the Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University, Prague (Celetná 20, 110 00 Praha 1).


Papers are invited for presentation on the topic “Scepticism between Science, Literature and Philosophy”, for a one-day workshop in the frame of the 12th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI). The conference will be held at Çankaya University, Ankara, Turkey, on August 2-6, 2010.

Please submit an abstract (one page) by January 1st, 2010 to:

Sébastien Charles (Université de Sherbrooke, Canada):

Speakers will have 20 to 30 minutes to present their papers in English or French (exact time to be confirmed, depending of the number of papers accepted).

Presentation of the workshop:

The analysis of the revival of scepticism in early modern times, which was done notably by Richard Popkin, has shown the importance of the sceptic figure in order to better understand early modern philosophy. In particular, it has shown the real function of Cartesianism, which was the most prodigious war machine against sceptical philosophy. But the diffusion of scepticism at that time was larger than the philosophical field; it also touched literature and science, creating new problems and hypotheses. In fact, scepticism was one of the major problems and matters of interest of the République des lettres. Given these conditions, the way in which literature presented the sceptic figure still needs exploring. It is well-known, for instance, that Molière made comical use of the sceptic’s suspension of judgement. What other representations can we find of this figure in early modern literature? And how was scepticism addressed by a science that pretended to reach a universal truth? A specific focus on such major figures of scepticism in early modern times as Montaigne, Gassendi, Huet, La Mothe le Vayer, or Bayle, could help us answer these two questions and understand the nature and function of scepticism in regard to literature and science. For example, by insisting on the relativity of customs and habits, the sceptics have forced writers to take into account other cultures, and even to write in favour of them. And by evoking the difficulty to find the truth, even for modern scientists, they have encouraged scholars to adopt a probabilistic conception of science, which has some relation to later empiricism. In this perspective, scepticism is crucial to our comprehension of early modern times, and it is important to deal with other aspects than just the philosophical ones in order to better evaluate its impact on this time-period.


A bilingual conference (English/French) on “Skepticism and Enlightenment” will be held in 2009-2010 at the University of São Judas Tadeu in São Paulo (December 2-4, 2009) and at the Montréal’s campus of the University of Sherbrooke (April 14-16, 2010). The first part at São Paulo is devoted to “Skepticism in the Enlightenment from Bayle to the Encyclopédie” and the second part in Montréal to “Skepticism in the Enlightenment from the Encyclopédie to the German Idealism”. There is already a list of invited papers, but some space is still available for uninvited papers, in particular for Ph. D. students and post-doctoral students. All propositions (title and abstract) have to be sent before August 1st, 2009 and will be submitted to a panel of three readers who will select the best ones. For more information, do not hesitate to contact Plínio Junqueira Smith ( and/or Sébastien Charles (


Armando Cíntora (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, México) is organizing a conference entitled “Escepticismo Filosófico”, which will take place in Mexico City on November 23-25, 2009, from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00. The venue is the Casa de la Primera Imprenta, at the corner of Primo de Verdad and Moneda, by the Palacio Nacional. The conference is sponsored by the “Posgrado en Historia y Filosofía de la Ciencia” of the UAM-I.

%d bloggers like this: