Past Colloquia

Spring 2013

January 25
Janelle DeWitt (King's College)
"Respect: The Emotional Side of Reason"

February 15
Bonnie Steinbock (UAlbany) and Paul Menzel (Pacific Lutheran University)
"Advance Directives, Dementia, and Physician-Assisted Death"

March 1
Bruno Whittle (Yale University)
Humanities 123
"Incompleteness and the Limits of Mathematical Knowledge"

Graduate Philosophy Conference on Bioethics

Friday, April 12
Pre-Conference Talk:
"Wrongful Life and Procreative Decisions"
Bonnie Steinbock (UAlbany)
5 PM in HU-290

Saturday, April 13
Keynote Address:
"Reflections on Procreative Ethics."
David DeGrazia (George Washington University)
2:30 PM in the Standish Room of the Science Library

Annual videoconference with Moscow State University

Tuesday, May 21
Topic: Aesthetics
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, HU 290
full schedule

Fall 2012

September 14
3:00 PM, Assembly Hall, Campus Center
James Nickel, University of Miami
"Personal Desert and Human Rights"

October 5
Nir Eyal
Harvard Medical School (Division of Medical Ethics)
"Against Fair Chances"

Thursday, October 11
lunchtime talk: 12:00 noon, HU 290
Simon Noriega-Olmos
University of Sao Paolo (Brazil)
"The Ontology of Plato's Cratylus (439D-440C)"

November 2
Greg Frost-Arnold
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
"When, How, and Why Did People Begin Classifying Themselves as 'Analytic Philosophers'?"

November 30
graduate prize essay talk
Nicholas Partyka
The University at Albany
"Two Problems of Externalities"

Spring 2012

February 10
Ernesto Garcia, UMass Amherst
Kant on Treating People as Ends-in-Themselves

March 30
Laurence Goldstein (University of Kent)
Clambering out of the Soritical Bog

Saturday, April 14
UAlbany graduate student conference
Schedule in PDF format [Quickview]

Sharon Street
keynote address

April 20
Allan Hazlett (Edinburgh) and Simon Feldman (Connecticut College)
In Defense of Ambivalence

May 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Annual spring video conference with Moscow State University
Kantian philosophy

Fall 2011

September 9
Hanifi Ozcan, Dokuz Eylul University
Abu Mansur Al-Maturidi's Religious Pluralism

September 23
Rachel Cohon, The University at Albany
Virtue as a Means to Happiness in Hume's Second Enquiry

October 21
Graduate Prize Essay Talk
Ed Dubois
Situationism, Virtue Ethics, and Moral Exemplars

Nov. 11
Japa Pallikkathayil, New York University
The Truth About Deception

Spring 2011

Jan. 28:
Douglas Patterson, Kansas State University
Theory and Concept in Tarski's Philosophy of Language

Feb. 11:
Nomy Arpaly, Brown University
Deliberation and Responding to Reasons
note: this talk will be held in HU 354

Feb. 25:
Uriah Kriegel, University of Arizona
The Experiential Origins of Intentionality

April 9:
Fourth Annual Graduate Student Philosophy Conference
Topic: Metaphysics
Keynote Speaker: Ted Sider, New York University
The Metaphysics of Fundamentality
Download the conference program

April 29:
Marta Soniewicka, Fulbright fellow with the Department of Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights at Boston University
Genetic Testing and Screening to Prevent Future Harms

May 19:
Videoconference with the Philosophy Faculty of Moscow State University
This year's topic is the history of philosophy
9 AM - 1 PM

Fall 2010

Oct. 1:
Matthew Evans, New York University
"Making the Best of Plato's Protagoras"

Oct. 14:
brown bag lunch workshop -- 1:15 PM, HU 130
Helga Varden, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Priority of Rightful Care to Virtuous Care: A Kantian Critique of the Care Tradition

Oct. 15:
Shelley Weinberg, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Metaphysical Fact of Consciousness in Locke's Theory of Personal Identity

Nov. 19:
Graduate Prize Essay talk -- 4:00 PM
Kimberly van Orman, The University at Albany
The Laplacian Worldview and the Explanatory Gap

Fall 2009

Sep. 11:
Graduate Student Essay Prize Talk
David Pinkowski
"Practically Equal: How Indifference Leads to Equality"

Oct. 2:
Christopher Hill, Brown University

Oct. 30:
K. Brad Wray, SUNY Oswego
Epistemic Privilege and the Success of Science

Nov. 20:
Matti Eklund, Cornell University
Objectionable Concepts, Moral Semantics, and Moral Realism

Spring 2010

Mar 5:
Stephen Darwall, Yale University
The Right and the Good in Hobbes' Moral Philosophy

Apr 17: Graduate student conference
Keynote: Jeff McMahan, Rutgers University

Spring 2009

March 28
Thomas Pogge, Yale University
keynote for the 2009 UAlbany Grad Student Conference

April 24
Joe Moore, Amherst College
Musical Works: a Metaphysical Mash-up

May 1
Claudia Card, University of Wisconsin-Madison
11:00am-12:30pm: Special Seminar, Sexual Violence At War and At Home
3:30pm-5:30pm: Departmental Colloquium, Discrimination Against Men
Open to all.

Both events with Professor Card are funded in part by the University Commission on Diversity and Affirmative Action and the Department of Women's Studies.

Fall 2008

October 24
2007 Graduate Student Prize Essay
Pete Murray, University at Albany
Liberalism and the Common Good

November 7
Casey Perin, UMass Amherst

Spring 2008

Tuesday, January 22
Jason D'Cruz, Brown University
Real Fictional Emotions

Monday, January 28
Elizabeth Fenton, University of Virginia
Towards a Capabilities Theory of Human Rights

Monday, February 4
Alan Rubel, University of Wisconsin, Madison
The Particularized Judgment Account of Privacy

Friday, February 8
Agnieszka Jaworska, Stanford University
Vanishing Persons and the Authority of the Former Self: Dilemmas in Alzheimer's Disease

Friday, February 29
Timothy Schroeder, Ohio State University
Explaining Virtue

Saturday, April 11
Philosophy Graduate Student Conference

Friday, April 18
Leif Wenar, Sheffield University (visiting at Princeton)
Property Rights and the Resource Curse

Fall 2007

September 28
2007 Graduate Student Prize Essay
John Milanese, University at Albany
Taking the Jury Theorem to Trial

November 16
Alvin Goldman, Rutgers University
Externalism, Internalism, and the Architecture of Justification

Spring 2007

Friday, January 12
Nathan Powers (Princeton University)
Ancient versions of the argument from design

Tuesday, January 16
Mariska Leunissen (University of Leiden, Netherlands)
Explanation and Teleology in Aristotle's Cosmology

Friday, January 19
Keith McPartland (Cornell University)
Aristotle's Theory of Relations

Monday, January 22
Andreas Anagnostopoulos (University of California, Berkeley)
Aristotle's Parmenidean Dilemma

Wednesday, January 24, 4:00, SS 117
Shlomi Segall (Harvard University)
Is Health Care (Still) Special?

Monday, January 29, 3:30, SS 117
John K. Davis (University of Tennessee)
Selecting Potential Children and Unconditional Parental Love

Friday, February 2, 3:30, SS 117
Maureen Kelley (University of Alabama, Birmingham)
Moral Compromise and Transitional Justice

Wednesday, February 7, 3:30, SS 117
James Tabery (University of Pittsburgh)
A 'Genetic Predisposition' to Violence?: Rethinking the Ethical and Legal Implications of Genetic Research on Antisocial Behavior

Wednesday, February 14, 4:00, SS 117
Scott James (University of Kentucky)
The Caveman's Conscience: Evolution and Moral Realism

Friday, February 16, 3:30, SS 117
Lisa Fuller (University of Sheffield)
Pogge on International Non-Governmental Organizations: A Critique

Fall 2006

September 15
2006 Graduate Student Prize Essay
Kevin Olbrys, University at Albany
Aristotle on Moral Motivation and Weakness of the Will

September 29
Jerrold Levinson, University of Maryland
Beauty is not One: The Many Species of Beauty

November 3
Livia Mara Guimaraes, NYU & Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
Skeptical Tranquility and Hume's Manner of Death

Spring 2006

Monday, Jan.23
Kristen Hessler, Iowa State
Agricultural Biotechnology and Human Rights

Friday, Jan.27
Adrienne Martin, National Institutes of Health
Hope Must be a Minefield: A Theory of Hope in Practice
Location: Campus Center Assembly Hall

Monday, Jan.30
J. Jeremy Wisnewski, East Carolina University
What We Owe the Dead

Friday, Feb.10
Derrick Darby, Georgetown, Texas A&M
Making the Souls of Black Folk

Friday, Apr.21
Alex London, Carnegie Mellon University
Reasonable Risks in Clinical Research: The Integrative Approach

Friday, May 5
Lisa Warenski, Union College
on naturalized epistemology

The Future of Bioethics in a Divided Democracy
July 13-14, 2006
http://politics.bioethics.net
The Alden March Bioethics Institute (AMBI) is holding a Special Summer Conference of the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities.

Fall 2005

September 16
Roy Sorensen, Dartmouth College
A Seance with an Immortal

November 18
Roger White, New York University
Explanation and Underdetermination

December 9
Christopher Mirus, UAlbany
Aristotle on Beauty and Goodness in Nature

Spring 2005

March 4
J. C. Beall, University of Connecticut
True, False, and Other

March 11
Jon Mandle, University at Albany
Rawls on Domestic and Global Justice

April 22
Jeff McMahan, Rutgers University
Just Cause for War

April 29
Michel Seymour, University of Montreal
Allen Buchanan's Remedial Right to Secede

May 4 at 4:00 PM
2005 Graduate Student Prize Essay
Peter Murray, University at Albany
The Ontological Status of Mathematical Objects in Plato's Republic