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We are very active in hosting colloquia, speakers and conferences. Most events are free and open to the public. We invite you to join us.

For more information, contact phi-philosophy@buffalo.edu 

Upcoming Events

Recent Events

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

Featuring keynotes by Jerome Wakefield and Christopher Boorse

Thursday, July 20: 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

Email: dh25@buffalo.edu

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.

Inquiries: rkelly2@buffalo.edu

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

Carlos Estévez, Pensamientos Numerales, Mixed media on paper, 20" x 30", 2005

Capen Lectures 2015 to feature Paul C. Taylor, Philosophy, Penn State

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

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?

Contact: Jorge J. E. Gracia,  jgracia@rocketmail.com
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

Recent Events and Conferences

RECENT EVENTS

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

Poster by Catherine Nolan

William H. Baumer Memorial, May 7, 2015

The family of Professor William H. Baumer, who died last June at age 81 after 52 years as a University at Buffalo faculty member, has made a $500,000 gift to create the William H. Baumer Excellence Fund to benefit the Department of Philosophy. The gift will provide financial assistance for graduate and undergraduate students, travel money for tenured faculty, and funding to bring noted philosophers to speak in the department’s colloquium series.

The Department of Philosophy will host a memorial service for Professor Baumer at 11:00 a.m. on May 7 in 280 Park Hall on UB’s North Campus. For more information, please contact Theresa A. Monacelli, Senior Staff and Assistant to the Chair, 716-645-0163,  Email: tmonacel@buffalo.edu

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

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 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"

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

The Ontology of Aging​, ​​​seminar featuring Barry Smith, SUNY Buffalo
Abstract:
​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.

2014-2015 CONFERENCES

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: jakemona@buffalo.edu

Experimental Epistemology Research Group (EERG)

PhilEvents Listing

PANTC* Conference 2014: 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.