The project aims at providing a systematic account of suspension of judgment. It will explicate the concept of suspension and examine its logic and formal representation. Systematic results will be applied to theories of religious agnosticism and to the historically most prominent forms of skepticism, i.e., Cartesian and Pyrrhonian skepticism. The project divides into four subprojects:
1) Varieties of Suspension: the subproject explicates the conceptual foundations of suspension of judgment. It provides characterizations of the different kinds of non-believing as well as their epistemic grounds and interrelations.
2) The Logic of Suspension: the subproject discusses the rational profile of the different notions of suspension and aims at providing formal representations of them.
3) Suspension and Skepticism: the subproject applies the systematic findings to analyze the role suspension has played in the history of thought by discussing its role in Pyrrhonian and Cartesian skepticism.
4) Suspension and Religion: the subproject distinguishes different notions of religious agnosticism and explores their justificatory status.
Alexandra will give a talk on "Formal Representations of Doxastic Suspension" at the CSS Lab Aachen on Jan 13, 2022.
Johanna and Alexandra will both give a talk at the lecture series Sextus Logic in Context.
Johanna's review on R. Bett's Sextus Empiricus. How to Keep an Open Mind. An Ancient Guide to Thinking like a Sceptic is forthcoming in The Classical Review.
Alexandra will give a Lecture Series on "Suspension of Judgment" at the Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students (July 2021).
Alexandra's paper "Rational Suspension" has been published in Theoria.
Alexandra and Verena Wagner (University of Konstanz) received funding (DFG) for the scientific network "Thinking about Suspension. Different Perspectives on Doxastic Neutrality."