Carneades.org was created with the simple purpose of searching for knowledge. The hope is to provide a place for anyone to submit beliefs and arguments for consideration and then subject those beliefs to rigorous criticism with the intent of finding those arguments which can withstand a skeptical eye. Renowned and amateur arguments alike will be put to the test with the hope that some may pass. Carneades.org does not assent to or endorse any beliefs, but rather cultivates a disposition to seek wisdom through rigorous argument. In true skeptical fashion, suspension of judgement is encouraged whenever certain knowledge is unattainable. An attempt will be made to find ways to doubt and challenge any and all arguments, beliefs, positions, or conclusions. Videos and responses will be posted to the Academy. Riddles are posted every week to keep your mind sharp. You can submit your own arguments on the Main Page. If any beliefs prove worthy of the title "Knowledge" they will be included after the Socrates quote on the main page.
Carneades of Cyrene
Carneades was a member of the Academy over one hundred years after it was founded by Plato. He served as Scholarch and is generally credited with founding the Third Academy (Allen 2012). He heightened the skeptical practices of his predecessor Arcesilaus to such a degree that Cato tired to kick him out of Rome for arguing one day for the Platonic and Aristotelian conceptions of justice and refuting his own arguments the next (Thorsrud 2009). He was persuasive, persistent and a powerful rhetorician. Ersebius later said of him "the man also would bring forward and take back, and gather to battle contradictions and subtle twists in various ways, and be full both of denials and affirmations, and contradictions on both sides...The evil results therefore were more numberous [than Arcesilaus]. And nevertheless Carneades fascinated and enslaved men's souls (Praeparatio Evangelica 14.8.2, 9-10)." He drew criticism from many camps for undermining poorly founded beliefs in God and various ethical systems. Carneades.org does not seek to emulate the exact views of Carneades, but rather to follow in the tradition of challenging dogmatists to provide adequate justification for their positions or abandon them.