Diego E. Machuca Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
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  • PhD, Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), 2006.

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My research is focused on skepticism in ancient philosophy, epistemology, and ethics.
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    Diego E. Machuca (forthcoming). A Neo-Pyrrhonian Response to the Disagreeing About Disagreement Argument. Synthese:1-18.
    An objection that has been raised to the conciliatory stance on the epistemic significance of peer disagreement known as the Equal Weight View is that it is self-defeating, self-undermining, or self-refuting. The proponent of that view claims that equal weight should be given to all the parties to a peer dispute. Hence, if one of his epistemic peers defends the opposite view, he is required to give equal weight to the two rival views, thereby undermining his confidence in the correctness (...)
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  2. Diego E. Machuca (forthcoming). Again on Sextus on Persuasiveness and Equipollence. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie.
    This paper engages with Svavar Svavarsson’s recent essay, “Sextus Empiricus on Persuasiveness and Equipollence,” arguing against both (i) his interpretation of whether two rival arguments appear equipollent to the Pyrrhonist because he himself is equally persuaded by both of them, and (ii) his interpretation of the way in which the argument from possible disagreement is supposed to induce suspension of judgment in the Pyrrhonist. In so doing, I aim to dispel some serious misunderstandings regarding key aspects of the Pyrrhonist’s skeptical (...)
     
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    Diego E. Machuca (forthcoming). Review of J. Lackey (Ed.), Essays in Collective Epistemology. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2014. VIII + 253 Pp. $74.00. [REVIEW] Dialogue:1-3.
  4. Diego E. Machuca & Baron Reed (eds.) (forthcoming). Skepticism: From Antiquity to the Present. Bloomsbury.
  5. Diego E. Machuca (ed.) (2017). Moral Skepticism: New Essays. Routledge.
    Moral skepticism is at present a vibrant topic of philosophical inquiry. Particularly since the turn of the millennium, the metaethical study of skepticism has profited from advances in general epistemology and findings in empirical sciences, in light of which new arguments for and against moral skepticism have been devised, while the traditional ones have been reexamined. This collection of original essays by leading metaethicists will advance the ongoing debates about various forms of moral skepticism by drawing on recent innovative work (...)
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    Diego Machuca (2016). De Praktische En Epistemische Waarde van Het Pyrronisme. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 108 (1):73-98.
    This paper assesses both the practical and the epistemic value of Pyrrhonism as this stance is described in Sextus Empiricus’s extant writings. It first explores whether the Pyrrhonist’s suspension of judgment and undisturbedness make us behave in a moral or immoral way, and whether they allow us to attain those goals that would make it possible to live well. It then examines whether the Pyrrhonist’s suspension of judgment makes it possible to reach the epistemic goals of attaining truth and avoiding (...)
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    Diego Machuca (2015). Review of M. Bergmann & P. Kain (Eds.), Challenges to Moral and Religious Belief: Disagreement and Evolution. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 35 (5):235-237.
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    Diego E. Machuca (2015). Agrippan Pyrrhonism and the Challenge of Disagreement. Journal of Philosophical Research 40:23-39.
    This paper argues for the following three claims. First, the Agrippan mode from disagreement does not play a secondary role in inducing suspension of judgment. Second, the Pyrrhonist is not committed to the criteria of justification underlying the Five Modes of Agrippa, which nonetheless does not prevent him from non-doxastically assenting to them. And third, some recent objections to Agrippan Pyrrhonism raised by analytic epistemologists and experimental philosophers fail to appreciate the Pyrrhonist's ad hominem style of argumentation and the real (...)
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    Diego E. Machuca (2015). Conciliationism and the Menace of Scepticism. Dialogue 54 (3):469–488.
    It is sometimes claimed that conciliatory views on disagreement ultimately lead to either global or widespread scepticism. This is deemed to be a serious problem for conciliationism either because scepticism of either kind is a patently untenable stance or because it poses a serious threat to our intellectual and social lives. In this paper, I first argue that the alleged untenability of both types of scepticism is far from being obvious and should therefore be established rather than taken for granted, (...)
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    Diego E. Machuca (2015). Pyrrhonian Relativism. Elenchos: Rivista di Studi Sul Pensiero Antico 36:89-114.
    This paper argues that Sextus Empiricus’s Pyrrhonism is a form of relativism markedly different from the positions typically referred to by this term. The scholars who have explored the relativistic elements found in Sextus’s texts have claimed that his outlook is not actually a form of relativism, or that those elements are inconsistent with his account of Pyrrhonism, or that he is confusing skepticism with relativism. The reason for these views is twofold: first, when employing the term ‘relativism’ one hardly (...)
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    Diego E. Machuca (2015). Review of Sébastien Charles & Plínio J. Smith (Eds.), Scepticism in the Eighteenth Century: Enlightenment, Lumières, Aufklärung. [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Philosophy 53 (3):551-552.
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    Diego E. Machuca (2015). Suspension, Equipollence, and Inquiry: A Reply to Wieland. Analytic Philosophy 56 (2):177-187.
    It is generally thought that suspension of judgment about a proposition p is the doxastic attitude one is rationally compelled to adopt whenever the epistemic reasons for and against p are equipollent or equally credible, that is, whenever the total body of available evidence bearing on p epistemically justifies neither belief nor disbelief in p. However, in a recent contribution to this journal, Jan Wieland proposes “to broaden the conditions for suspension, and argue that it is rational to suspend belief (...)
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    Diego E. Machuca (2014). Review of David Coady, What to Believe Now: Applying Epistemology to Contemporary Issues. Philosophy in Review 34 (3-4):139-141.
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    Diego E. Machuca (2014). Review of K. Setiya, Knowing Right From Wrong. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 34 (1-2):78-80.
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    Diego E. Machuca (2014). Review of R. Bett (Trans.), Sextus Empiricus: Against the Physicists. [REVIEW] British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22 (3):614-617.
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  16. Diego E. Machuca (2013). A Neo-Pyrrhonian Approach to the Epistemology of Disagreement. In D. E. Machuca (ed.), Disagreement and Skepticism. Routledge 66-89.
    This paper approaches the current epistemological debate on peer disagreement from a neo-Pyrrhonian perspective, thus adopting a form of skepticism which is more radical than those discussed in the literature. It makes use of argumentative strategies found in ancient Pyrrhonism both to show that such a debate rests on problematic assumptions and to block some maneuvers intended to offer an efficacious way of settling a considerable number of peer disputes. The essay takes issue with three views held in the peer (...)
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    Diego E. Machuca (2013). Editor's Introduction. In D. E. Machuca (ed.), Disagreement and Skepticism. Routledge
  18. Diego E. Machuca (2013). La critique du critère de vérité épicurien chez Sextus Empiricus: un scepticisme sur le monde extérieur? In S. Marchand & F. Verde (eds.), Épicurisme et scepticisme. Sapienza Università Editrice 105-127.
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    Diego E. Machuca (2013). Pyrrhonism. Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy.
  20. Diego E. Machuca (2013). Pyrrhonism, Inquiry, and Rationality. Elenchos: Rivista di Studi Sul Pensiero Antico 34 (1):201-228.
    In this paper, I critically engage with Casey Perin's interpretation of Sextan Pyrrhonism in his book, The Demands of Reason: An Essay on Pyrrhonian Scepticism. From an approach that is both exegetical and systematic, I explore a number of issues concerning the Pyrrhonist's inquiry into truth, his alleged commitment to the canons of rationality, and his response to the apraxia objection.
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    Diego E. Machuca (2013). Review of M. Lynch, In Praise of Reason (MIT Press, 2012). [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 33 (4):308-311.
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    Diego E. Machuca (ed.) (2012). Disagreement and Skepticism. Routledge.
    Disagreement is a pervasive feature of human life whose skeptical implications have been emphasized particularly by the ancient Pyrrhonists and by contemporary moral skeptics. Although the connection between disagreement and skepticism is also a focus of analysis in the emerging and burgeoning area of epistemology concerned with the significance of controversy, it has arguably not received the full attention it deserves. The present volume explores for the first time the possible skeptical consequences of disagreement in different areas and from different (...)
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    Diego E. Machuca (2012). Review of S. Goldberg, Relying on Others: An Essay in Epistemology (OUP, 2010). [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 32 (6):468-470.
  24. Diego E. Machuca (2011). Ancient Skepticism: Overview. Philosophy Compass 6 (4):234-245.
  25. Diego E. Machuca (2011). Ancient Skepticism: Pyrrhonism. Philosophy Compass 6 (4):246-258.
  26. Diego E. Machuca (2011). Ancient Skepticism: The Skeptical Academy. Philosophy Compass 6 (4):259-266.
  27. Diego E. Machuca (2011). Introduction. In D. E. Machuca (ed.), Pyrrhonism in Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary Philosophy. Springer
  28. Diego E. Machuca (2011). Introduction. In D. E. Machuca (ed.), New Essays on Ancient Pyrrhonism. Brill
  29. Diego E. Machuca (2011). Moderate Ethical Realism in Sextus' Against the Ethicists? In D. E. Machuca (ed.), New Essays on Ancient Pyrrhonism. Brill
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    Diego E. Machuca (ed.) (2011). New Essays on Ancient Pyrrhonism. Brill.
    These new essays represent a substantial contribution to the advancement of scholarship on Pyrrhonian skepticism.
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  31. Diego E. Machuca (2011). Pyrrhonism and the Law of Non-Contradiction. In D. E. Machuca (ed.), Pyrrhonism in Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary Philosophy. Springer
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    Diego E. Machuca (ed.) (2011). Pyrrhonism in Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary Philosophy. Springer.
    This is the first collection of original essays entirely devoted to a detailed study of the Pyrrhonian tradition.
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  33. Diego E. Machuca (2011). Review of R. Joyce & S. Kirchin (Eds.), A World Without Values: Essays on John Mackie’s Moral Error Theory (Springer, 2010). [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 31 (5):354-358.
  34. Diego E. Machuca (2011). Review of R. Bett (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Scepticism (CUP, 2010). [REVIEW] British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (3):573 - 579.
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Volume 19, Issue 3, Page 573-579, May 2011.
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  35. Diego E. Machuca (2011). The Pyrrhonian Argument From Possible Disagreement. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 93 (2):148-161.
    In his Pyrrhonian Outlines , Sextus Empiricus employs an argument based upon the possibility of disagreement in order to show that one should not assent to a Dogmatic claim to which at present one cannot oppose a rival claim. The use of this argument seems to be at variance with the Pyrrhonian stance, both because it does not seem to accord with the definition of Skepticism and because the argument appears to entail that the search for truth is doomed to (...)
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  36. Diego E. Machuca (2011). The Sceptics. Philosophical Forum 42 (3):277-278.
     
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    Diego Machuca & Duncan Pritchard (2011). Editorial Note. International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 1 (2):77-77.
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    Diego Machuca & Duncan Pritchard (2011). Editors' Note. International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 1 (1):1-2.
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  39. Diego Machuca (2010). Michael Forster, Kant and Skepticism. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 30:186-188.
     
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  40. Diego Machuca (2010). Quentin Smith, Ed., Epistemology: New Essays. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 30:305-308.
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  41. Diego E. Machuca (2010). Review of Richard Joyce, The Evolution of Morality. Philosophy in Review 28 (5):343-346.
     
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    Diego E. Machuca (2010). Review of A. M. Ioppolo, La Testimonianza di Sesto Empirico sull'Accademia Scettica. [REVIEW] Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2010.
  43. Diego E. Machuca (2010). Review of M. Forster, Kant and Skepticism. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 30 (3):186-8.
  44. Diego E. Machuca (2010). Review of Quentin Smith (Ed.), Epistemology: New Essays. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 30 (4):305-8.
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  45. Diego E. Machuca (2009). Argumentative Persuasiveness in Ancient Pyrrhonism. Méthexis 22:101-26.
    The present paper has two, interrelated objectives. The first is to analyze the different senses in which arguments are characterized as persuasive in the extant writings of Sextus Empiricus. The second is to examine the Pyrrhonist’s therapeutic use of arguments in the discussion with his Dogmatic rivals – more precisely, to determine the sense and basis of Sextus’ distinction between therapeutic arguments that appear weighty and therapeutic arguments that appear weak in their persuasiveness.
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  46. Diego E. Machuca (2009). Review of David Wong, Natural Moralities: A Defense of Pluralistic Relativism. Philosophy in Review 29 (2):148-150.
     
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    Diego E. Machuca (2009). Review of C. Lévy, Les Scepticismes. [REVIEW] Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2009.
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    Diego E. Machuca (2009). Review of H. Thorsrud, Ancient Scepticism. [REVIEW] Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2009.
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    Diego E. Machuca (2009). Review of J. Delattre, Sur le Contre les Professeurs de Sextus Empiricus. [REVIEW] Bryn Mawr Classical Review.
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    Diego Machuca (2008). Book Review. [REVIEW] Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie Und Theologie 55 (1):263-266.
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  51. Diego Machuca (2008). Richard Joyce, The Evolution of Morality. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 28:343-346.
     
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  52. Diego Machuca (2008). Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Moral Skepticisms. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 28:303-305.
     
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    Diego E. Machuca (2008). Review of Richard Bett (Trans.), Sextus Empiricus: Against the Logicians. [REVIEW] Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2008.
    This translation of the two books that make up Against the Logicians is a valuable addition to the ever increasing literature on Pyrrhonism. The only previous complete English version of these two books is that of R. G. Bury, which appeared in 1935 in the Loeb Classical Library as the second volume of..
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    Diego E. Machuca (2008). Review of A.M. Ioppolo and D. Sedley (Eds.), Pyrrhonists, Patricians, Platonizers. Hellenistic Philosophy in the Period 155-86 BC. [REVIEW] Bryn Mawr Classcial Review.
  55. Diego E. Machuca (2008). Sextus Empiricus: His Outlook, Works, and Legacy. Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie Und Theologie 55 (1/2):28-63.
    The purpose of this paper is twofold: to discuss some challenging issues concerning Sextus’ works and outlook, and to offer an overview of the influence exerted by Sextan Pyrrhonism on both early modern and contemporary philosophy.
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  56. Diego Machuca (2007). Keimpe Algra, Jonathan Barnes, Jaap Mansfeld, and Malcolm Schofield, Eds. The Cambridge History of Hellenistic Philosophy. [REVIEW] Philosophy in Review 27:237-239.
  57. Diego E. Machuca (2007). Review of K. Algra, J. Barnes, J. Mansfeld, and M. Schofield, Eds. The Cambridge History of Hellenistic Philosophy Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 27 (4):237-239.
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    Diego E. Machuca (2007). Review of W. Sinnott-Armstrong (Ed.), Pyrrhonian Skepticism. [REVIEW] International Journal of Philosophical Studies 15 (1):154 – 159.
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    Diego E. Machuca (2006). Review of Charles Brittain, Cicero: On Academic Scepticism. [REVIEW] Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2006.
    Particularly during the past twenty five years, there has been an outstanding advance in the study of ancient skepticism, both in its Pyrrhonian and Academic varieties. This is reflected in the publication of a considerable number of works about the nature and consistency of those philosophical outlooks, as well as about their influence on the development of early modern philosophy and their relevance to present day epistemological discussions. Most of these works concern Pyrrhonian skepticism. This predominance of interest in Pyrrhonism (...)
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  60. Diego E. Machuca (2006). The Local Nature of Modern Moral Skepticism. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 87 (3):315–324.
    Julia Annas has affirmed that the kind of modern moral skepticism which denies the existence of objective moral values rests upon a contrast between morality and some other system of beliefs about the world which is not called into doubt. Richard Bett, on the other hand, has argued that the existence of such a contrast is not a necessary condition for espousing that kind of moral skepticism. My purpose in this paper is to show that Bett fails to make a (...)
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  61. Diego E. Machuca (2006). The Pyrrhonist's Ataraxia and Philanthropia. Ancient Philosophy 26 (1):111-126.
    The purpose of the present paper is twofold. First, to examine what beliefs, if any, underlie (a) the Pyrrhonist’s desire for ataraxia and his account of how this state may be attained, and (b) his philanthropic therapy, which seeks to induce, by argument, ejpochv and ataraxia in the Dogmatists. Second, to determine whether the Pyrrhonist’s philanthropy and his search for and attainment of ataraxia are, as scholars have generally believed, essential aspects of his stance.
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    Diego E. Machuca (2006). Review of R. Fogelin's "Walking the Tightrope of Reason: The Precarious Life of a Rational Animal". New York: Oxford University Press, 2003, Xii + 203pp., $22.00. [REVIEW] Dialogue 45 (1):188-191.
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  63. D. E. Machuca (2005). Richard Popkin, The History of Scepticism from Savonarola to Bayle. [REVIEW] Philosophisches Jahrbuch 112 (1):192.
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    Diego E. Machuca (2005). Review of A. Bailey, Sextus Empiricus and Pyrrhonean Scepticism. [REVIEW] Ancient Philosophy 25 (1):212-222.
  65. D. E. Machuca (2004). Sextus Empiricus, Contre les Professeurs, Intro. Par P. Pellegrin; Trad. Par C. Dalimier, D. Delattre, J. Delattre Et B. Perez. [REVIEW] Ancient Philosophy 24 (2):503.
     
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  66. Diego E. Machuca (2004). Review of Luciano Floridi: Sextus Empiricus: The Transmission and Recovery of Pyrrhonism. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 12:336-340.
     
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    Diego E. Machuca (2004). Review of P. Pellegrin Et Alii, Sextus Empiricus, Contre les Professeurs. [REVIEW] Ancient Philosophy 24 (2):503-510.
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    Diego E. Machuca (2002). Review of Sextus Empiricus, Esquisses pyrrhoniennes. Introduction, traduction et commentaires par Pierre Pellegrin. [REVIEW] Revue Philosophique De Louvain 100 (4):797-801.
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  69. D. Machuca (2001). La temporalidad del pensamiento en Descartes. Revista Latinoamericana de Filosofia 27 (1):99-126.
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