Join us for the Romanell Center Annual Conference, November 5, 6, and 7, 2021 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) in Park Hall, UB North Campus. Our three-day conference features debates and discussions by Romanell Fellows and keynotes by: Christopher Boorse, “Human Psychological Nature: Why Attacks from Philosophy of Biology Fail” and “The Suicide of the Harmful-Dysfunction Analysis”; plus Maureen Condic, “When Does Human Life Begin? A Scientific Perspective and Counter-Arguments.”
FRIDAY November 5. Philosophy of Medicine (Park Hall 141)
9:30-10:30 Peter Koch (Villanova) “Physicians, Legal Mandates, and Professional Obligations”
10:45-11:45 Barry Smith (UB) “Psychology is Finished: Implications of the Reproducibility Crisis”
12:00-1:00 Pat Daly (Boston College) "The Aesthetics of Health and the Notion of Harm."
2:00-3:00 Yuichi Minemura (Gunma Paz University) –Zoom Talk "A Philosophical Examination of Mental Disorders."
3:15-4:15 Kershnar ‘Healthcare Policy Decisions in the Shadow of an Impossibility Argument about the Good’
4:30-5:30 Rob Kelly (Postdoc) “Gradated Addiction: Why Reasons-Responsiveness Fails the Test”
SATURDAY, November 6. Bioethics (Park Hall 280)
9:30-10:30 Carter Benson (UB Graduate Student) – Topic: Vaccine Ethics
10:45- 11:45 Debate: Phil Reed (Canisius) vs Steve Kershnar (Fredonia): “Should Physician-Assisted Suicide be Legal?”
11:45-12:45 Debate Audience Q and A and Lunch
12:45-1:45 Stephen Gilles (Quinnipiac Law School) “Dobbs and the Future of Roe.”
2:00-3:00 David Hershenov (UB) “The Abortion Pill: Killing or Letting Die?”
3:15-4:15 Joe Caruana “Social (In)justice Magnified by Pandemic from Perspective of a Health Care Ethics.”
4:30-6:00 Christopher Boorse - Keynote “The Suicide of the Harmful-Dysfunction Analysis”
SUNDAY, November 7. The Metaphysics of Medicine (Park Hall 280)
9:30-11:00 Maureen Condic (Utah) – Keynote “When Does Human Life Begin? A Scientific Perspective and Counter-Arguments.”
11:15-12:15 Adam Taylor (University of North Dakota) “Well-Being, Death, and Value Pluralism in Indian Philosophy.”
1:15-2:15 John Lizza (Kutztown) Topic: Death and Personal Identity???
2:30-3:30 Shane Hemmer (UB Graduate Student) “Personite Nature”
3:45-5:45 Christopher Boorse Keynote “Human Psychological Nature: Why Attacks from Philosophy of Biology Fail”
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