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Upcoming Events

Recent Events and Conferences

Philip Kitcher to deliver the Paul Kurtz Memorial Lecture, April 15, 2015

"Pragmatism and Progress"

Wednesday, April 15
Lecture: 4:00pm
Refreshments: 3:30pm
UB North Campus Center for Tomorrow

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).


"Philip Kitcher

Kitcher's three criteria for good science:

  1. Independent testability of auxiliary hypotheses
  2. Unification
  3. Fecundity  

UB Philosophy Debate Series, March 5 and April 16, 2015

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


Photos of the Debate, March 5, 2015

UB Philosophy Debaters in action

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

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

Debate poster

Thursday, April 16
6:00 - 8:00pm
UB North Campus, Natural Science Complex Lecture Hall Room 225

Contact: Professor David B. Hershenov,
The events are free and open to the public.

Buffalo 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 Department of Philosophy at the University at Buffalo (SUNY).

For more details, see the conference site.


Capen Lectures, October 19, 20, 21, 2015: "Facing Ferguson"

Lectures featuring Paul C. Taylor, Philosophy, Penn State

Time: 4:00 to 6:00pm - all lectures, free and open to the public

Location: Seminar Room, sixth floor of Clemens Hall (or as announced)

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?

Contact: Jorge J. E. Gracia,
Samuel P. Capen Chair and SUNY Distinguished Professor
Dpts of Philosophy and of Comparative Literature
University at Buffalo, Amherst, NY 14260

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


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"

UB Clinical and Research Ethics Monthly Seminar, March 17, 2015

The Ontology of Aging​, ​​​seminar featuring Barry Smith, SUNY Buffalo
​A theory of aging must be able to give an account of: the distinction between 'natural' aging and the sorts of 'premature' aging involved in the rare genetic disorders known as progeroid syndromes; and, the fact that average age at death ha​s​ changed over the centuries and differs from one continent to another. I will attempt to address these issues in terms of a theory of ​​life stages, conceiving human lives as involving a certain natural course of human development, starting with the fetus and embryo stages and proceeding through growth and reproduction to conclude with the aging stage. For female human beings the aging stage can ​be ​defined as the stage which follows the reproductive stage. For males there is some overlap between the two stages. Premature aging is then​ aging which occurs at a stage in the course of human development that is earlier than the aging stage. ​I shall consider problems ​​for a theory along these lines​ ​​from the point of view of evolutionary biology. What could be the biological advantage to a species whose life plan involve​s a post-reproductive stage?​ ​

Time: Noon
Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Buffalo Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC)
Location: UB City Campus, CTRC Building, Room 5019-B
875 Ellicott Street
Buffalo NY 14203
(716) 888-4850

A light lunch is provided. Please enter ​either ​through the main entrance on Ellicott Street, or cross from BGMC on the first or second floor bridge and take the elevator to the 5th floor. See the UB CTRC website for location map, parking, and other information.


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)

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PANTC* Conference 2014: Bioethics and the Philosophy of Medicine, August 1 & 2


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.

Debate: "Does Evil Provide Evidence Against the Existence of God?"
Debate Poster
Featuring Philosophy Department doctoral students

Thursday, April 16, 6:00 - 8:00pm
UB North Campus, Natural Science Complex Lecture Hall Room 225

Capen Lectures 2015 "Facing Ferguson"
wikimedia creative commons-Ferguson Protest in NYC, Nov 2014
October 19, 20, 21