Recent Colloquium

March 5, 2020 Thursday, 4:00 p.m., Park 141 
Hagop Sarkissian (CUNY Grad Center / Baruch College)
Works in X-Phi, moral psychology, and Chinese philosophy. This talk is co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute.


2018 - 2019 EVENTS

FALL 2019

August 29, 2019
Thursday, 4:00 p.m., Park Hall 141 
Samantha Matherne (Harvard) 
"Edith Landmann-Kalischer’s Moderate Objectivism About Aesthetic Value"

September 12, 2019
Thursday, 4:00 p.m., Park Hall 141
Keith Hankins (Chapman University)
"Social Choice and the Tradeoff Between Utilizing and Imputing Information"

October 3, 2019
Thursday, 4:00 p.m., Park Hall 141
Yasuo Deguchi (Kyoto University)

October 16, 2019 
Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. Knox Hall 20
Romanell Center Debate:
Should Physician-Assisted Suicide be Legal?

October 18 & 19, 2019, Conference
A Collection of Individuals
Capen Conference and Book Launch

October 24, 2019
Thursday, 4:00 p.m., Park Hall 141 
Stephen Grimm (Fordham)

November 1, 2019
Friday, 2:00 p.m., Park 141 
Maurizio Ferraris 
"The Internet: A Political Approach"

November 7, 2019
Thursday, 4:00 p.m., Park 141
Donald Baxter (UConn)


Spring 2019

February 8, 2019, Lunchtime talk
Friday, 2 -1:30pm, 141 Park Hall
Chris Haufe,  (Case Western)
“The Priority of Promise.”

February 21, 2019, Thursday, 4 – 6pm, 141 Park Hall    
Karen Frost-Arnold (Hobart & William Smith)
"Epistemic Justice and the Challenges of Online Moderation"

February 29, 2019
Department Colloquium
Thursday, 4 – 6pm, 141 Park Hall
Andrea Borghini, Università degli Studi di Milano
“Outline of a Metaphysics of Dishes and Recipes”

March 8, 2019
Baldy Center Distinguished Speaker Series
Friday, 12:30 – 2:30pm, 509 O’Brien Hall
Christina Bicchieri, SJP Harvie Professor of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics, University of Pennsylvania
"Social Similarity and the Erosion of Social Norms.”
Co-sponsored with the Baldy Center and the Center for Global Health Equity

March 14, 2019, Macalster Bell
Department Colloquium
Thursday, 4 – 6pm, 141 Park Hall 
“Photographs as Tools of Moral Persuasion”

March 29, 2019, Open House for Potential Grad Students
Friday 3:30pm – 5:30pm, 141 Park Hall
Lewis Powell, UB Philosophy
“Locke, The Abuses of Language, and the Construction of Public Language”  

April 4, 2019, Kwong-loi Shun (Berkeley)
Thursday, 4pm – 6pm
Co-sponsor: UB Confucius Institute

April 5, 2019, Bioethics Workshop
Niagara University, 1:30 – 6:15pm

April 11, 2019, Richard Bett
"Humor as Philosophical Subversion, Especially in the Skeptics”
Department Colloquium
Thursday, 4 – 6pm, 141 Park Hall 

April 6, 2019, City of Good Neighbors Philosophy Conference
Saturday, 9am – 5pm, 141 Park Hall
Participants: Devonya Havis (Canisius); Nic Bommarito (UB); Leigh Duffy (Buff State); Brandon Absher (D’Youville); Steve Petersen (Niagara); and Mark Warren (Daemen). 

May 2, 2019, Donald C. Ainslie (Toronto)

“Leibniz and Hume on Rational Animals”
Department Colloquium
Thursday, 4 – 6pm, 141 Park Hall

May 9, 2019, Department Review of Graduate Students
Thursday, 4 – 6pm, 141 Park Hall

May 11, Romanell Workshop
International Workshop on Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine
Saturday, 10:00am to 6:00am
141 Park Hall, North Campus

May 13, Application Deadline
Mary C. Whitman Scholarship
Undergraduate Award, up to $2,000.



July 25-27, 2019
Romanell Summer Conference
John Martin Fischer Keynoter
See UBNow article: Philosopher to argue against an afterlife at Romanell Conference

July 31-Aug 2, 2019
10th International Conference on Biomedical Ontology 
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, NY 



Fall 2018

Sept. 5, Wed., 6:30-9:00 pm: PHI Dept. Welcome Party

Sept. 13, Thurs.: Department Colloquium
4:00 pm, Park Hall 141
Michael Moehler (Philosophy, PPE, Virginia Tech)
“Diversity, Stability, and Social Contract Theory”

Sept. 7, Fri.: Romanell Lecture
3:30-5:30pm, Park Hall 141
David Hershenov (UB) and Rose Hershenov (Niagara University)
“Do Fission Puzzles Provide Reason to Doubt that your Organism was ever a Zygote?”

Sept. 14, Fri.: Co-sponsored Speaker
1:00 pm, Park Hall 141
Dedong Wei (Columbia), “Humanism and Rationality: The Natures of Chinese Chan”

Sept. 14, Fri.: Romanell Lecture
3:30-5:30pm, Park Hall 141
Barry Smith (UB) "The Chicken and the Egg: Response to Kingma on Babies as Parts of Their Mothers”

Sept. 20:  Romanell-Working Dinner
Thurs., 7:00 pm; End of Life Issues Reading Group.
Neil Feit choice: Jens Johansson’s “The Preemption problem” Philosophical Studies.

Sept. 21 & 22, Fri./Sat.:  Buffalo XPhi Conference.
Embassy Suites, Downtown Buffalo.
Keynote: Shaun Nichols (Arizona).

Oct 4, Thu., Just Theory, Co-Sponsored Speaker
5:00 p.m., Clemens Hall 640, UB North Campus
Sara Brill (Fairfield University) "Unlivable Life: Aristotle after Agamben"
Co-sponsored with Department of Comparative Literature.

Oct. 6, Sat.: Graduate Student Conference on Metaphysics.
9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Capen Hall 310, UB North Campus
Achille Varzi, (Columbia), Keynote at 4:00
Organizers: Botan Dolun, Francesco Franda, , Shane Hemmer, and Eric Merrill. Learn more.

Oct. 11, Thurs.: Co-Sponsored Speaker
2:00 pm, 200G Baldy Hall 
Tamar Rudavsky, "Atomistic Conceptions of Time: al-Ghazâlî, Maimonides and Husserl”
Co-sponsored with Department of Jewish Thought.

Oct. 18, Thurs.: Paul Kurtz Memorial Lecture 2018
4:00 p.m., O'Brian Hall 107 (located in the UB Law School)
Anjan Chakravartty, "Two Projects for Secular Humanism"
Appignani Foundation Chair
Department of Philosophy, University of Miami

Oct. 19, Fri.: Romanell Lecture and Working Dinner
3:30-5:30, Park Hall 141
Patrick Lee, “New vs. Old Natural Law Theories”

Oct. 25, Thurs: Co-Sponsored Speaker
4:00, Clemens Hall 120, UB North Campus
Kate Manne, author of Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny, will deliver a lecture on misogyny. Co-sponsored with UB Gender Institute and Dept. of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies. Lecture is free but registration is requested.

Oct. 26 & 27, Fri./Sat.: Central States Philosophical Association
2018 Annual Meeting; Event Registration is required.
UB Medical School, 955 Main St, Buffalo, NY
UB will cover registration fees for faculty and graduate students.
Keynote: Michael Lynch (University of Connecticut)
Lynch works on truth, democracy, public discourse, and the ethics of technology.

Oct. 26, Fri.: Romanell Lecture
3:30-5:30pm, Park Hall 141
Eric Merrell: van Inwagen, death, and suspended animation

Oct. 27, Sat.: Romanell Workshop
9:00am - 4:30pm, Park Hall 141

Nov. 2, Fri.: George F. Hourani Lecture Series
Nickel City Ethics (NICE) Conference
9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Hotel Henry, Buffalo, NY
4:30 p.m., Mark Schroeder, Keynote Speaker

Nov. 15, Thurs.: Romanell Working Dinner
7:00-10:00 pm
Pat Daly, “Concise Guide to Clinical Reasoning” Journal of Evaluation of Clinical Practice

Nov. 16, Fri.: Romanell Lecture
Pat Daly, “An Integral Approach to Health Science and Health Care” Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics

Nov. 29, Thurs.: Buffalo Logic Celebration

The Buffalo Logic Celebration marks the retirement of Prof. John T. Kearns (Buffalo), honors the history of the long-running Buffalo Logic Colloquium, and names Prof. Stewart Shapiro (Ohio State) as a distinguished UB Philosophy Alum.
Location TBA; Tentative Program:
        2:00-3:30pm, Talk by Stewart Shapiro
        3:30-4:00pm, Coffee break
        4:00-5:30pm, Talk by John Kearns
        6:30pm, Dinner

Nov. 30, Fri: Romanell Lecture
3:30pm, Park Hall 141
Shane Hemmer, "The Conceptual Incoherence of Biological Approaches to Personal Identity."