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The UB Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce the 23rd edition of the Noûsletter.  In this edition you will find interviews with John Kearns and Kah Kyung Cho, along with faculty news, graduate student profiles,  alumni updates, and much more. The 76-page  edition was edited by Robert Kelly. We invite you to download the new edition, plus past editions of the Noûsletter, here.

The Knight Foundation initiative: Trust, Media and Democracy

Professor Ryan Muldoon, an expert in social political philosophy, recently worked with the Knight Foundation on its Trust, Media and Democracy initiative. The foundation promotes excellence in journalism and the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Muldoon is part of the foundation’s panel of specialists in various fields committed to creating more informed and engaged communities. UB News featured the following article during the first week of the Fall 2018 semester.

Jason Adsit named seventh president of Mount Saint Mary College


In a unanimous vote that followed a national search, the board of Mount Saint Mary College selected Jason Adsit as its seventh full-time president. See the news article. He graduated from UB in 2002 with a PhD in Philosophy. Adsit's dissertation, directed by Peter Hare, is an investigation of Apologies.

Philosophy of Medicine and Bioethics Conference July 26 to 28, 2018

Latest News Industrial_Ontologies_Foundry_(IOF)_Workshop NCOR hosts the Industrial Ontologies Foundry (IOF) Workshop On July 17 & 18, the National Center for Ontological Research (NCOR) is hosting the Industrial Ontologies Foundry (IOF) Workshop 2018. Register here. Philosophy of Medicine and Bioethics Conference July 26 to 28, 2018 July 26, 27 and 28, the Romanell Center for Clinical Ethics and the Philosophy of Medicine is hosting a conference that examines the metaphysical foundations of bioethics.

July 26, 27 and 28, the Romanell Center for Clinical Ethics and the Philosophy of Medicine is hosting a conference that examines the metaphysical foundations of bioethics. Jerome Wakefield, the nation’s leading philosopher of psychiatry, will deliver a keynote address on the nature of addiction. Learn more about the conference.

Published May 26, 2018


The Society of Automotive Engineers has invited Barry Smith to deliver the keynote for the SAE Automated and Connected Vehicle Systems Testing Symposium, June 20-21, 2018. The event, hosted by Clemson University–International Center for Automotive Research, will bring together key thought leaders from academia, research, industry, government, and the automotive engineering industry to discuss the latest automated vehicle testing programs, data acquisition and analytics approaches, and research that will inevitably drive the industry forward to a fully connected and automated vehicle. Read more about the symposium.

Keynote Abstract: The ontology approach to knowledge integration is much more flexible than approaches based on traditional relational database technology, and is thus ideally suited to achieve results in those areas where we are dealing with a broad spectrum of different sorts of data that is rapidly expanding into new areas. Unfortunately, in almost all cases where ontology technology has been tried, it has produced results which are fragmentary and inconsistent, and have typically enjoyed a short half-life. I will describe the reasons for these failures, and outline a strategy for the creation of interoperable ontology modules that has been used with success in the biomedical and military domains, and is currently being applied in the field of digital manufacturing.

"Capabilities: Human and Machine"

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


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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