Graduate Student Publications

This page contains a selection of publications authored by UB Philosophy graduate students who are currently enrolled or recently graduated.

On this page:


Selected publications by our graduate students and recent alums.

Eric Merrell

  • Benefits of Realist Ontologies to Systems Engineering – 1st author, coauthored with Robert Kelly, David Kasmier, et al., Proceedings of JOWO (OntoCom) 2021 (2021)
  • Common Core Conformant Definitions for an Ontology of Commercial Exchange – 1st author, coauthored with Olivier Massin and Barry Smith, Proceedings of JOWO (SoLEE) 2021 (2021)
  • Improving Biomedical Data by Improving the Information Artifact Ontology – 1st author, coauthored with Robert Kelly, Proceedings of ICBO 2021 (forthcoming)
  • Ontology: A Bridge Between Bioethics and Data-Driven Inquiry – 1st author, coauthored with Peter Koch and David Limbaugh, AJOB (2021) vol. 21 no. 6
  • Why We Shouldn’t Let the Cheerfully Demented Die – 3rd author, coauthored with David Limbaugh and Peter Koch, AJOB (2020)
  • Mental Capabilities – 1st author, coauthored with David Limbaugh, Alex Anderson, and Barry Smith in Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO) (2019)

Robert Kelly

  • Robert Kelly, Janna Hastings, and Robert West (Forthcoming). How an addiction ontology can unify competing conceptualizations of addiction. In N. Heather, M. Field, A. Moss, and S. Satel (Eds.), Evaluating the brain disease model of addiction (Ch. 42). Routledge.
  • Stephen Kershnar and Robert Kelly (2020). The right-based criticism of the doctrine of double effect. International Journal of Applied Philosophy34(2), 215-233.
  • Stephen Kershnar and Robert Kelly, “Responsibility-foundation: Still needed and still missing,” Science, Religion and Culture.
  • Robert Kelly, David Limbaugh, and Barry Smith (2020), “Review of: Ontologies relevant to behavior change interventions,” Wellcome Open Research5(126), 1-12.
  • Stephen Kershnar and Robert Kelly (2019), “Rights and consent in mixed martial arts,” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport47(1), 105-120.

Scott T. Luan

Joshua Merlo

  • Merlo, Joshua. “Zarathustra and Transhumanism: Man is Something to be Overcome”, Scientia et Fides, 7, (2).

Jonathan Vajda and Eric Merrell coauthored with Professor Barry Smith

Francesco Franda

David G. Limbaugh

"The Harm of Medical Disorder as Harm in the Damage Sense," Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. (Forthcoming)

Co-Authors: David G. Limbaugh and Robert Kelly

  • "Libet and Freedom in a Mind-Haunted World," American Journal of Bioethics-Neuroscience

Jake Monaghan

  • “On Enforcing Unjust Laws in a Just Society," Philosophical Quarterly.
  • “The Special Moral Obligations of Law Enforcement," The Journal of Political Philosophy 25 (2017): 218-37.
  •  “Biological Ties and Biological Accounts of Moral Status," The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy.
  • Killing in Self-Defense and the Case for Biocentric Individualism," Environmental Values.
  • “Epistemic Closure in Folk Epistemology" (with James R. Beebe), in Oxford Studies in Experimental Epistemology, Joshua Knobe, Tania Lombrozo, and Shaun Nichols (eds.) (New York: Oxford University Press).

Ariane Nomikos

  • “Place Matters”,  Journal of Aesthetic and Art Criticism, Vol. 76:4 “Environmental Aesthetics and Ethics: At the Intersection.” (2018)