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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”
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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"
Thursday, October 22
Knox 109 Lecture Hall
Debate featuring philosophy professors:
John Keller, Niagara University
Stephen Kershnar, SUNY Fredonia
The event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, September 29
Knox 110 Lecture Hall
Debate featuring PhD students:
Brendan Cline & Jake Monaghan
The event is free and open to the public.
Location: Seminar Room, 640 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus
Time: 4:00 to 6:00pm - all lectures are free and open to the public
October 19, Monday
Lecture 1 - Facing the Fire: On Mr. James Baldwin and Others
October 20, Tuesday
Lecture 2 - Facing Foolishness: On Philosophy and the Academy
October 21, Wednesday
Lecture 3 - Facing the Future: What Will Happen To All That Beauty?
Jorge J. E. Gracia, SUNY Distinguished Professor
Samuel P. Capen Chair
About the speaker: Paul C. Taylor teaches philosophy at Pennsylvania State University, where he also directs the Program on Philosophy After Apartheid at the Rock Ethics Institute. Professor Taylor received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Morehouse College and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Rutgers University. He writes on aesthetics, race theory, Africana philosophy, pragmatism, and social philosophy, and is the author of the book Race: A Philosophical Introduction (Polity, 2004). He has recently co-edited a special issue of The Journal of Social Philosophy (with Ronald Sundstrom) on critical philosophy of race, and is currently at work on a book called Black is Beautiful: A Philosophy of Black Aesthetics (under contract, Blackwell).
Hosted by the Experimental Epistemology Research Group.
Featuring Thomas Nadelhoffer, College of Charleston
Organizers: Robert Kelly and James Beebe (Experimental Epistemology Research Group, University at Buffalo). The event is sponsored by the Peter Hare Memorial Fund and the University at Buffalo Department of Philosophy.
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Thursday, July 30: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Friday, July 31, 9:00am to 5:00pm, with keynotes at 1:45 and 3:45
Saturday, August 1, 9:00am to 5:00pm, with keynotes at 1:45 and 3:45
Location: Park Hall, Room 280, North Campus
April 16, Debate: Does evil provide evidence against the existence of God?
Speaker: Philip Stuart Kitcher of Columbia University specialises in the philosophy of science, the philosophy of biology, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of literature, and, more recently, pragmatism. Kitcher is best known outside academia for his work examining creationism and sociobiology. His works attempt to connect the questions raised in philosophy of biology and philosophy of mathematics with the central philosophical issues of epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics. He has also published papers on John Stuart Mill, Kant and other figures in the history of philosophy. Lately he has become interested in John Dewey and a pragmatic approach to philosophical issues. He sees pragmatism as providing a unifying and reconstructive approach to traditional philosophy issues. He also recently published a book outlining a naturalistic approach to ethics, The Ethical Project (Harvard University Press, 2011).
Kitcher's three criteria for good science: Independent testability of auxiliary hypotheses; Unification; Fecundity.
Speaker: Dr. Loren Goldner, editor of Insurgent Notes; writer and activist based in New York City. Many of his writings are available at Break Their Haughty Power.org Loren Goldner is also the author of Vanguard of Retrogression (2011), and Herman Melville: Between Charlemagne and The Antemosaic Cosmic Man (2006)
Date: Thursday, March 12
Time: 5:00 to 7:00pm
Location: 212 Norton Hall, UB North Campus
The event is sponsored by "The Marxist Reading Group"
Keynote Speakers: Jennifer Nagel (University of Toronto) and John Turri (University of Waterloo)
Organizers: Jake Monaghan, Neil Otte, and James Beebe (Experimental Epistemology Research Group, University at Buffalo).
The event is sponsored by the Peter Hare Memorial Fund and the Dept. of Philosophy at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). Contact: email@example.com
Experimental Epistemology Research Group (EERG)
The 2014 PANTC conference organized by Jim Delaney and David Hershenov will take place on Friday, August 1, and Saturday, August 2, in Park Hall 280, UB North Campus.
Keynote speaker: Professor Christopher Boorse, University at Delaware
Christopher Boorse will give talks on both days based on the following papers:
Conference presentations are based upon the following papers, available for preview: