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
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 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, email@example.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).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 16, Debate: Does evil provide evidence against the
existence of God?
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"
The Ontology of Aging, seminar
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 has 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 involves a post-reproductive stage?
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
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.
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)
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: