Additioanl events are forthcoming. Also see seperate listings for our colloquia series and related events.


Fall 2017

Symposium on Chinese Philosophy

November 3, 2017

Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm

107 Capen Hall, UB North Campus

The Confucius Institute and the Department of Philosophy at the University at Buffalo are pleased to announce a Symposium on Chinese Philosophy in Memory of Jiyuan Yu on Friday, November 3, 2017. The event is free and open to the public. 

Symposium Speakers:
Timothy Connolly, East Stroudsburg University
Yong Huang, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Yi Jiang, Beijing Normal University
Richard Kim, Saint Louis University
JeeLoo Liu, California State University, Fullerton
Kang Ouyang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Yi Wang, Sichuan International Studies University
Jinmei Yuan, Creighton University

UB Philosophy Organizers:
James Beebe
Nicolas Bommarito
Jorge J. E. Gracia
Neil E. Williams

Summer 2016, Fall 2016, Summer 2017

X-PHI 2017 Conference with Tania Lombrozo, UC Berkeley

Romanell Conference 2017: Personal Identity and Our Origins

July 28 & 29, 2017

The theme of the 2017 Romanell Conference on Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine is "Personal Identity and Our Origins." Join us as we welcome three distinguished keynote speakers:

  • Don Marquis, Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, University of Kansas, is author of the seminal paper "Why Abortion Is Immoral."
  • Marya Schechtman, Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago, is a leading defender of the narrative view of personal identity as seen in her recent book Staying Alive: Personal Identity, Practical Concerns, and the Unity of a Life.
  • John Lizza, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, Kutztown University, has published widely on the relationship between metaphysics (especially personal identity) and bioethics.

As in past years, the conference will also feature current graduate students, UB Philosophy alums, as well as philosophy faculty members of UB and other institutions in Western New York.   

PROGRAM: Romanell Conference 2017, poster by Antonette Nolan

2017 Conference: Blameless Buffalo?

Spring 2017 Events at a Glance


February 3, Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Jiyuan Yu
Event hosted by Professor Neil E. Williams, Chair, UB CAS Department of Philosophy, and Professor Stephen C. Dunnett, UB Vice Provost for International Education and Chair, Confucius Institute, Board of Advisors
3:00 pm, Center for the Arts, Screening Room and Atrium Reception

February 3, Friday, 12 Noon, 141 Park Hall
Brown Box Lecture
Tim Connolly (East Stroudsburg University)

February 10, Friday, 12 Noon, 141 Park Hall   
Brown Box Lecture, Andrew Pfeuffer (University at Buffalo)

February 16, Thursday, 4:00 p.m, 141 Park Hall
Departmental Colloquium 
Tuomas Tahko (University of Helsinki)
"Where Do You Get Your Protein? (Or: Biochemical Realization)" 

February 17, Friday, 12 Noon, 141 Park Hall
Brown Box Lecture, Shane Hemmer (University at Buffalo)  

February 23, Thursday 4:00 p.m., 141 Park Hall
Departmental Colloquium
Joshua Knobe (Yale University)

February 24, Friday12 Noon, 141 Park Hall
Brown Box Lecture, Botan Dolun (University at Buffalo)

MARCH 2017

March 2, Thursday, 4:00 p.m., 141 Park Hall, UB North Campus
Buffalo Logic Colloquium,
Matt LaVine (SUNY Potsdam) "The History of Logic (and Ethics)"

March 3, Friday, 12 Noon, 141 Park Hall
Brown Box Lecture, Paul Poenicke (University at Buffalo)

March 9, Thursday, 4:00 p.m., 141 Park Hall, UB North Campus
Buffalo Logic Colloquium
Julian Cole, Buffalo State College
"Institutions and Abstract Objects"

March 10, Friday, 12 Noon, 141 Park Hall
Brown Box Lecture, Hun Chung (Rochester)



April 18, 19  20;  UB North Campus
George F. Hourani Lecture Series
Julia Driver (Washington University in St. Louis)

April 27, Thursday, 4:00 pm, 141 Park Hall, UB North Campus
Buffalo Logic Colloquium
John Corcoran (University at Buffalo)
"Sentence, Proposition, Judgment, Statement, and Fact: Speaking about the Written English Used in Logic"


April 28, Friday, 4:30 pm, and 7:00 pm

The Romanell Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine Center presents:
Dr. Patrick Lee
, John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Professor of Bioethics
Director, Institute of Bioethics, Franciscan University of Steubenville

"Rational Nature as the Basis of Being a Subject of Rights"

Lecture, 4:30-6:00 pm, Park Hall 141

“Distinguishing between What is Intended and Foreseen Side Effects”

Workshop, 7:00-10:00 pm, Location TBA

For more information contact: David B. Hershenov,

Paul Kurtz Memorial Lecture 2017 with Massimo Pigliucci

"Skepticism and Epistemic Virtue: Shouldn't skeptics know what they are talking about, when they are talking about it?"

March 30, 4:00 to 6:00 pm in 107 O’Brian Hall, UB North Campus

Short Bio:  Prof. Pigliucci has a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He currently is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. His research interests include the philosophy of biology, the relationship between science and philosophy, the nature of pseudoscience, and the practical philosophy of Stoicism.

Prof. Pigliucci has been elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for fundamental studies of genotype by environmental interactions and for public defense of evolutionary biology from pseudoscientific attack.”

In the area of public outreach, Prof. Pigliucci has published in national and international outlets such as the New York Times, Philosophy Now and The Philosopher’s Magazine, among others. He is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and a Contributing Editor to Skeptical Inquirer. Pigliucci publishes two blogs: Plato’s Footnote (, on general philosophy, and How to Be a Stoic (, on his personal exploration of Stoicism as practical philosophy.

At last count, Prof. Pigliucci has published 146 technical papers in science and philosophy. He is also the author or editor of 10 technical and public outreach books, most recently of Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem (University of Chicago Press), co-edited with Maarten Boudry. Other books include Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life (Basic Books) and Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk (University of Chicago Press).

Massimo Pigliucci

This title will be released on May 9, 2017.

Fall 2016 Events

Summer 2016 Events

PANTC* 2016 Conference on Bioethics and the Philosophy of Medicine

July 28, Thursday, 11:00am to 6:00pm

July 29, Friday, 9:30am to 6:00pm
    4:40pm: David Boonin       
    Keynote Speaker, "Posthumous Harm"

July 30, Saturday, 9:00am to 7:00pm
   3:15pm: Elselijn Kingma
    Keynote Speaker, "The Metaphysics of Pregnancy"
   5:30pm: Barry Smith
    "The Metaphysics of the Embryo"

Contact: David B. Hershenov

Professor and Chair

Department of Philosophy

136B Park Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-4150

Phone: (716) 645-0150


PANTC* 2016 Program Poster

PANTC 2016, poster by Antonette Nolan, Stellar Graphics

Video: PANTC* 2016 "The Metaphysics of the Embryo"

"The Metaphysics of the Embryo" by Barry Smith, published on YouTube, Aug 7, 2016; Response to talk by Elselijn Kingma on "The Metaphysics of Pregnancy" presented in Buffalo on July 30, 2016.

Conference 2016: BLAMELESS BUFFALO? Free Will and Moral Responsibility

June 18, 2016, Park Hall, 280, UB North Campus, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm


10:00-11:00. Keynote Address: Steve Kershnar. “Internalism and Moral Responsibility: Cutting responsibility down to size

11:15-12:15.  Plenary Address I:  David Hershenov. "Is Health the key to Autonomy?"

12:15-1:15 Lunch Break

1:15-2:15 Award Winning Graduate Student Essay:  Rob Kelly, "Manipulation and Compatibilism: Why Appealing to Health Is Not the Cure."

2:30- 3:30 Award Winning Graduate Student Essay. David Limbaugh. “Could we Perform Evil Actions When We Never Would? An Essay on God, Agency, and Dispositional Modality”

3:45-4:45. Best International Submission:  Yishai Cohen. "A Manipulation Argument for Deliberation Incompatibilism".

5:00-6:00 Plenary Address II: John Keller. “The Mother of All Design Arguments”

For more information contact

Poster by Ben Lawrence