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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. Jerome Wakefield, the nation’s leading philosopher of psychiatry, will deliver a keynote address on the nature of addiction. Learn more about the conference.

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

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.
Together with Niels Grewe and Ludger Jansen from the University of Rostock, Barry Smith has won the 2016 Ontology Competition organized by the International Association for Ontology and Its Applications (IAOA). In all, nine teams were competing for the prize, from which three finalists were invited to present their contributions at the international conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS) held in Annecy, France.
Typically, philosophers don’t have a role in policy making, but this is a great opportunity to do something that is policy relevant and to be actively involved with making people’s lives better.

Justin Donhauser's paper “Invisible Disagreement: An Inverted Qualia Argument for Realism” has been accepted by Phil Studies. His dissertation “A Philosophy of Theoretical Ecology for Environmental Policy” was defended in 2015 under the supervision of Ken Shockley and Neil Williams.

The American Journal of Bioethics has accepted Peter Koch’s article "Analysis from a Fourth Perspective: Professionalism." Koch argues that besides legal, moral, and personal perspectives, decisions made by medical professionals ought to be analyzed in terms of professionalism. His paper is a response to an earlier paper by Kathleen Hodgkinson and Daryl Pullman entitled “The Curious Case of the De-ICD. Negotiating the Dynamics of Autonomy and Paternalism in Complex Clinical Relationships. The journal will publish a Pullman and Hodgkinson response to Koch’s article. So the secondary literature on Peter Koch is growing. This is the sixth article that Koch has published in the field of bioethics.
Robert Kelly's paper "Remembering past lives" is one of the chapters in a volume entitled Advances in Religion, Cognitive Science, and Experimental Philosophy. Bob's co-authors are Claire White and Shaun Nichols.
It has been a good week for David Limbaugh. He had a paper accepted by Ethics, Medicine and Public Health and then won the Evangelical Philosophical Society's prize for the Best Graduate Student Paper at their Mid West regional conference.  
The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce the winners of the Romanell Award for the best graduate student work in the tradition of naturalism, and, the Thomas Perry Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation completed in the previous academic year.
The University at Buffalo Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that Rasmus Rosenberg Larsen has won two Danish Dissertation Fellowships. Larsen's research interests include Phenomenology, German Idealism, S. Kierkegaard and E. Levinas. The two foundations are Oticon Fonden and Knud Højgaards Fond.
The APA is pleased to announce that William Rapaport (University at Buffalo) has been selected by the APA committee on philosophy and computers as the winner of the 2015 Barwise Prize! Rapaport will receive his award at the 2016 Eastern Division meeting in Washington, DC. Learn more about this prize by visiting the Barwise Prize page.
Barry Smith has received a grant from the NIH (National Institute for General Medical Science) for work on the Protein Ontology (PRO). The grant provides $321K total direct costs over four years to support work by Barry and his collaborators Alex Diehl and Alan Ruttenberg on the logic of the PRO and on its interrelations with the Basic Formal Ontology (BFO) and with BFO-based ontologies in areas such as drug discovery, neurology and disease.
Book reviewers praise the recent publication, Debating Race, Ethnicity and Identity: Jorge Gracia and His Critics. The book includes exchanges between Gracia and some well-known critics such as Linda M. Alcoff, K. Anthony Appiah, Richard J. Bernstein, Lawrence Blum, Robert Gooding-Williams, Eduardo Mendieta, and Lucius T. Outlaw Jr.
The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that Brendan Cline has had another article accepted for publication. Cline's paper, "Moral Explanations: Thick and Thin", has been accepted by the Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy.
The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that John Beverly just had his Spring 2015 Qualifying Paper "The Ties that Undermine" accepted in the journal Bioethics. That journal is one of the elite journals in medical ethics.
Founded in 1888 by Edward C. Hegeler, The Monist is one of the world’s oldest and most important journals in philosophy. The Monist publishes quarterly thematic issues on particular philosophical topics which are edited by leading philosophers in the corresponding fields. As a result, each issue is a collected anthology of continuing interest. The Monist is edited by Barry Smith.
The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that Rasmus Larsen has obtained another publication. His article "The Posited Self: The Non-Theistic Foundation in Kierkegaard’s Writings” was accepted for publication in the 2015 (August)  Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook.
The UB Department of Philosophy has performed better than ever before in the Philosophical Gourmet Report for the current academic year. The rankings of graduate programs, which are primarily based on the quality of faculty, represent reputational surveys distributed throughout the English-speaking world and Continental Europe.
The University at Buffalo Department of Philosophy is very pleased to announce that Carolyn Korsmeyer's article on "Touch and the Experience of the Genuine", as it appeared in the British Journal of Aesthetics 52: 365-377, was picked as one of the five best papers published on the philosophy of art for the year, 2012.
The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that Professor Barry Smith has been elected as a fellow to the American College of Medical Informatics. He was inducted into the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) on Sunday, November 16 at ceremonies during AMIA 2014 Annual Symposium on Biomedical and Health Informatics, where 2,500 informatics professionals gathered for five days of workshops, scientific sessions, and educational panels on topics including translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, public health informatics, consumer informatics and applied clinical  and operational informatics.
The University at Buffalo Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that Matt LaVine has published an article in Synthese entitled   "Prior's Thank-Goodness Argument Reconsidered."  Synthese is a highly ranked, selective journal, rejecting 90% of its submissions.
It seems that every few months the department is announcing a Brendan Cline publication and each time the paper is published in a more elite journal. His latest publication is in Philosophical Studies. Phil Studies is widely recognized as one of the top seven philosophy journals.  Brendan’s paper is entitled "Against Deliberative Indispensability as an Independent Guide to What There Is.”  
Professor John Kearns was recognized by the Philosophy Department at the Fall 2014 welcoming reception and annual awards presentation for his fifty years of dedicated service and scholarship. Kearns was also among those recognized by UB President Satish Tripathi at the 11th Annual Celebration of Faculty and Staff Academic Excellence in October at Slee Hall on UB's North Campus.
Mark Spencer, a recent UB Philosophy graduate, has won the American Catholic Philosophical Association's (ACPA) Young Scholar Award. This award is given to the scholar under the age of thirty-five who is judged to have written the best paper among those accepted for presentation at the ACPA meeting and publication in the proceedings. Mark will be presented with the award at a special ceremony during the ACPA's annual conference banquet in Washington DC next week. The other award to be given out during the banquet is the Aquinas medal for lifetime achievement. Professor Jorge Gracia won that prestigious prize a few years ago.
The Department of Philosophy is delighted to announce that Neil Otte won the Kane-Dennett prize for his submission to the Free Will Conference sponsored by the University of Michigan - Flint campus's Center for Cognition and Neuroethics.

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce that Justin Donhauser's paper "On How Theoretical Analyses in Ecology Can Enable Environmental Problem-solving"​ has been accepted for publication in the journal "Ethics & the Environment."

Barry Smith, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Julian Park Chair, Department of Philosophy, is the Keynote Speaker for the ASME's 34th Computers and Information in Engineering (CIE) Conference, to be held in Buffalo, NY, August 17-24. The ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges.
Selja Seppälä, postdoctoral researcher in UB's Philosophy Department, has received an award from the Swiss National Science Foundation for her work on the ontology of definitions.

The Department of Philosophy is pleased to announce the recent achievements of our alums - Berit Brogaard, Daniel Novotny, and Matt Lavine.

“In the Unjust Meantime: A Conference in Honor of Alison M. Jaggar” celebrates the work of UB Philosophy alum, Alison Jaggar, UC-B College Professor of Distinction in Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies.
E. Bruce Pitman, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, announced the appontment of Susan Smith as director of the Social Sciences interdisciplinary program (IDP) in the college, effective June 1. IDP offers undergraduate majors designed for students wishing to pursue a focused inquiry into areas of contemporary public interest.
The Department of Philosophy is hosting the conference Sentiment and Reason in Early Modern Ethics, on SUNY-Buffalo's North Campus, March 21 and 22.

Carolyn Korsmeyer's book, Making Sense of Taste: Food and Philosophy (Cornell University Press, 1999), has been awarded the International Prize for 2014 by the Italian Society for Aesthetics.

Jiyuan Yu, professor of philosophy, was appointed director of the UB Confucius Institute (CI) in August, and says he plans to revamp the institute to enhance and support Chinese studies and promote traditional Chinese culture on campus.
On Saturday, February 22, join Jorge J.E. Gracia, Samuel P. Capen Chair in Philosophy and SUNY Distinguished Professor and curator of the exhibition Painting Borges: Art Interpreting Literature, for a 1pm guided tour with an informal question and answer session.
The SUNY Network of Excellence in Energy, Environment, Education and Economics (4E) has awarded a grant, in the amount of $135,000, to a team of UB researchers. Ken Shockley is serving as Co-Principal Investigator on the research team.
Barry Smith has been selected to deliver a keynote address at the First International Conference of the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional research in September 2014.
"The Metaphysics of Good and Evil" featuring David S. Oderberg, Professor of Philosophy, University of Reading, U.K. September 23 to 27, 2013 
Jorge Luis Borges is one of the most prominent literary figures whose work is also profoundly philosophical. His stories are filled with conceptual puzzles that prompt the reader to face the most fundamental questions concerning human existence.
Thomas Bittner's photographic work is the subject of a feature article in the recently redesigned alumni magazine now being published quarterly—At Buffalo.
Professor Jiyuan Yu hosted the meeting of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy in Buffalo in the summer of 2013. The conference is profiled in the Chronicle of Higher Education article by Carlin Romano.