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Inner Virtue

What does it mean to be a morally good person? It can be tempting to think that it is simply a matter of performing certain actions and avoiding others. And yet, there is much more to moral character than our outward actions. We expect a good person to not only behave in certain ways, but also to experience the world in certain ways within. Pleasure, emotion, and attention are important parts of our moral character despite being involuntary inner states. Inner Virtue defends a theory of why and how such states are relevant to moral character: These states say something about what kind of person one is by manifesting our deepest cares and concerns.

Inner Virtue, provides a new theory of moral virtue and vice. The work examines a neglected area of philosophical study (the moral status of states disconnected from action), while drawing on sources in non-western philosophy, as well as empirical work and personal memoirs. Learn more.

A Celebration of 65 Years

Bravo, Barry

Friends of UB faculty member Barry Smith gathered on June 5 for a surprise reception honoring the SUNY Distinguished Professor on his 65th birthday. Smith was presented with a Festschrift volume, "Barry Smith: an sich."  Photos: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki

Published June 6, 2017

Visiting Assistant Professor
PhD, Philosophy
University of Toronto

UB Philosophy Alum, Stephanie Rivera Berruz, PhD (2014), is a winner of a 2017 Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Learn more in the DailyNous.

The Department of Philosophy is pelased to announce Ariane Nomikos has been selected as an award winner through 2017's Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Awards competition. The university community will honor Nomikos and her fellow award recipients at UB's 13th Annual Celebration of Student Academic Excellence ceremony on Thursday, April 20, and at the Excellence in Teaching awards luncheon on Friday, April 21.
Graduate Careers: William Duncan

One of our most successful recent PhD graduates is William Duncan, who has been appointed Associate Director of the Clinical Data Network at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the first dedicated medical facility for cancer treatment and research in the United States.

Neil E. Williams

David Braun named Director of Graduate Studies.
Maureen Donnelly named Director of Undergraduate Studies.

A festschrift honoring the work of Barry Smith is being published by Palgrave-McMillan. The collection of essays, entitled the The Theory and Practice of Ontology, provides close examination of ontology and the work of Professor Smith, one of the most prolific philosophers of the modern day.

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Noûsletter No. 22

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