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May 20, Blameless Buffalo? 2017 Conference

MAY 19, Friday, 1:00pm Graduate Commencement Ceremony in Center for the Arts

MAY 21, Sunday, 3:00pm: Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony in Alumni Arena



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,

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)

March 30

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?"

Time/Location: 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.


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)

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 Conference on Bioethics and the Philosophy of Medicine

"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.

BLAMELESS BUFFALO? A Conference on Free Will and Moral Responsibility

June 18, 2016 in 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

Spring 2016

Hourani Lecture Series 2016

Fall 2015

UB Philosophy Debate Series 2015

Do we have free will?

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.

Does evolution imply that there aren't moral truths?

Tuesday, September 29
Knox 110  Lecture Hall

Debate featuring PhD students:
Brendan Cline & Jake Monaghan

The event is free and open to the public.

Capen Lectures 2015: "Facing Ferguson"

Paul C. Taylor, Philosophy, Penn State

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).

Paul C. Taylor

2014-2015 EVENTS

Buffalo Annual Experimental Philosophy Conference, September 11-12, 2015

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.

For details, see contact:

PANTC* 2015 Conference on Bioethics and the Philosophy of Medicine, July 30 to August 1

Philosopher-wrestlers Christopher Boorse and Jerome Wakefield appearing in a close shave match-up, PANTC 2015, Buffalo, NY. Photograph by Debra Kolodczak.

Featuring keynotes by Jerome Wakefield and Christopher Boorse

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

Contact: David B. Hershenov

Professor, Department Chair

Department of Philosophy

136B Park Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-4150

Phone: (716) 645-0150


Blameless Buffalo? Conference on Free Will and Responsibility, June 26-27, 2015

Poster by Catherine Nolan

Spring 2015

Debate Series: March 5 and April 16, 2015

March 5 Debate: On the Existence of the Soul, featuring Philosophy Department doctoral students.

April 16, Debate: Does evil provide evidence against the existence of God?

Photo Gallery: Soul Debate, March 5, 2015

Photo Album: Do You Have A Soul?  Debate March 5, 2015, featuring UB Philosophy graduate students: Shane Hemmer, Brian Donohue, and Jon Houston versus Justin Murray, Stephan McAndrew, and David Limbaugh

PRAGMATISM AND PROGRESS - Paul Kurtz Memorial Lecture, April 15, 2015

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.

Poster imagery courtesy of NASA USA.

Debt, Deflation, and Depression: A Marxist View of the Current U.S. and World Economy, March 12

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  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"

Buffalo Annual Experimental Philosophy Conference 2014 Sept 19 & 20

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:

Experimental Epistemology Research Group (EERG)

PhilEvents Listing

PANTC* 2014 Conference: Bioethics and the Philosophy of Medicine

Poster design by Catherine Nolan.

PANTC* Plato's Academy North Tonawanda Campus

See the UB REPORTER for a news story on the PANTC conference.

Hear the radio segment on WBFO 88.7.