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Events

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

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

Also see our Google Calendar.

Upcoming Events

Past Conferences:

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

Debate: On the Existence of the Soul, featuring Philosophy Department doctoral students.
Thursday, March 5
6:00 - 8:00pm
UB North Campus, Natural Science Complex Lecture Hall Room 225  

Debate: On Problems of Evil, featuring Philosophy Department doctoral students.
Thursday, April 16
6:00 - 8:00pm
UB North Campus, Natural Science Complex Lecture Hall Room 225

Contact: Professor David B. Hershenov, dh25@buffalo.edu
The events are free and open to the public.

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.

Paul Kurtz Lectures, April 15, 2015

Lecture featuring Phillip Kitcher, Columbia University
Wednesday, April 15
Lecture: 4:00pm
Refreshments: 3:30pm
UB North Campus Center for Tomorrow

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"

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,  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

Past 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, August 1 & 2

PANTC POSTER 2014

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: On the Existence of the Soul
poster

Featuring Philosophy Department doctoral students

Thursday, March 5, 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