Philosophy events

Spring 2020 Colloquia and Events

March 6

Work-in-progress talk
Nick Boles
"Justifying the Innate Right to Freedom in Kant's Metaphysics of Morals"

HU 290, 3:00 PM

April 4

UAlbany Philosophical Association
12th annual graduate student conference
Topic: Philosophy of Biology
Keynote Speaker: Justin Garson (Hunter College)

April 17

Notice: Because of public health considerations, the workshop has been canceled.

    Workshop on Practical Reason and Morality

    • David Owens (King's College, London)
    • Hille Paakkunainen (Syracuse)
    • Tamar Schapiro (MIT)
    • Michael Smith (Princeton)
    Past Events

    Fall 2019

    September 6
    Gunnar Babcock
    The 2019 Philosophy Graduate Essay Prize Winner
    "Asexual Organisms, Identity and Vertical Gene Transfer"

    September 27
    Kathryn Tabb (Bard College)
    "Thinking about Genetics When We Think about Each Other"

    October 18
    Sally Scholz (Villanova University)
    "Solidarity as Sanctuary"

    November 8
    Ron McClamrock (UAlbany)
    "How big do things look?"

    November 22
    Nora Boyd (Siena College)
    "Observation and Intervention are Irrelevant to Empirical Science"

    Spring 2019

    February 8
    Tony Manela (Siena College)

    March 15
    One-day Workshop on Constitutivism
    Matthias Haase (Chicago)
    Michelle Kosch (Cornell)
    Sharon Street (NYU)
    David Velleman (NYU)

    Saturday, April 6
    Rage Against the Armchair
    UAlbany Philosophical Association, 11th annual graduate student conference

    April 26
    Marianna Bergamaschi Canapini (Union College)

    Fall 2018

    September 7
    Scott Wolcott, Graduate Essay Prize Talk
    What It Means To Be Lucky

    September 28 in FA126
    Evelyn Brister (Rochester Institute of Technology)
    Biotechnology for Conservation: Philosophy and Policy

    October 26
    Russell Powell (Boston University)

    Spring 2018

    March 9 in HU354
    Kareem Khalifa (Middlebury College)
    Idealizations and Understanding: Much Ado About Nothing?

    March 23
    Evelyn Brister (Rochester Institute of Technology)
    Event cancelled.

    April 27
    Charlotte Witt (University of New Hampshire)

    Political Philosophy

    UAlbany Philosophical Association, 11th annual graduate student conference

    Saturday, April 7
    9:30 - 5:00 (with lunch 12:15-1:15)
    HU 354

    Keynote speaker: Carol Gould (Hunter College)
    The All-Affected Principle and Labor Rights

    Crossroads Of Philosophy, Russia and the US: Fictionalism And Problems Of Sense

    Ninth University at Albany - Lomonosov Moscow State University Philosophy Video Conference

    Friday, April 13, 2018
    10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. / 17:00 – 21:00 (Albany / Moscow)
    HU 290 (Albany)

    Fall 2017

    October 6
    Natasha Karablina (University at Albany)
    Winner of the Graduate Essay Prize
    Ruled by Reason: Plato on War, Justice and Justified Intervention

    November 3
    Douglas Edwards (Hamilton College)
    Truth and Social Ontology

    December 1
    Joseph Cruz (Williams College)
    Knowing How to Reason

    Spring 2017

    Saturday, April 8
    10th Annual UAPA Graduate Philosophy Conference
    Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics

    Friday, April 28
    Pablo Gilabert, Concordia University
    Kantian Dignity and Marxian Socialism
    3:30 in HU354

    Fall 2016

    September 16, HU 354
    Will Kidder
    "Imagining Bad: Television Antiheroes, Empathy, and the Aesthetic Value of Imaginative Resistance in Degrees"
    Graduate Essay Prize Talk

    October 28
    Krisanna Scheiter, Union College
    "Aristotle's Non-Retributive, Non-Sadistic Justification for Revenge"

    November 18
    Chad Horne, UAlbany
    "Insurance and Equality Revisited"

    December 2
    Melissa Zinkin, SUNY Binghamton
    "Moral Depth and the Systematicity of Reason in Kant"

    Spring 2016

    Friday, February 12
    Matthew Mosdell (UAlbany)
    "Acquiring Knowing How"

    Friday, February 26
    Avery Archer (George Washington University)
    "Do we need partial intentions?"

    Friday, April 15
    Lilian O'Brien (University College Cork)
    "Advice for Those with Cold Feet"

    Saturday, April 23
    Graduate student philosophy conference
    Keynote speaker: Joseph Levine (UMass Amherst)

    Friday, April 29
    "Roundtable on Minority Success in Philosophy"
    Sponsored by the UAlbany Minorities And Philosophy (MAP) chapter, the event will feature philosophy almuni who will share their stories of what they've gone on to do.

    Fall 2015

    Friday, September 25
    2:30-4:30 in BA 233
    Berislav Marušić (Brandeis University)
    "Do Reasons Expire"

    Friday, October 23
    3:00 in HU 354
    Keith Sherman, graduate essay prize winner
    "Enhancement and Other Animals"

    Spring 2015

    Saturday, April 18
    HU 354
    UAlbany graduate student conference
    Environmental and Animal Philosophy
    Keynote: Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University)

    April 24
    HU 354
    John Doris (Washington University)
    "Character Trouble"

    Tuesday, May 19
    Mark Sheehan (Oxford University)
    "The ethics of assent to research"

    7th Annual videoconference with Moscow State University

    Thursday, May 21
    Topic: Early Modern Philosophy
    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, HU 290

    Third annual Capital District Feminist Studies Conference

    January 30
    9:00 AM-6:00 PM
    Assembly Hall (Campus Center)

    Link: Free registration

    UAlbany Critical Race Theory and Postcolonial Studies speaker series

    Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Political Science, UAS, and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion

    January 23
    3:00-5:30 in the Standish Room of the Science Library
    Charles Mills (Northwestern University)
    "Decolonizing Western Political Philosophy"

    January 23
    3:30-5:00 at Rockefeller College
    Charles Mills (Williams College)
    "Angela Y. Davis: Abolitionism, Democracy, Freedom"

    January 23
    3:30-5:00 at Rockefeller College
    Nimu Njoya (Williams College)
    "Autonomy after Postcolonialism: Gendered Representations of the Unbounded Self"

    Fall 2014

    September 12
    Humanities 354
    Jesse Prinz (CUNY Graduate Center)
    "The Moral Self"

    Thursday October 2
    Igal Kvart
    Hebrew University
    "Action-Directed Pragmatics and the Putative Pragmatic Intrusion into the Semantics of Knowledge-Ascriptions"

    November 7
    Humanities 354
    Catherine Wearing (Wellesley College)
    "Images in Metaphors"

    December 5
    Sydney Faught
    (winner of the Graduate Student Essay Prize)
    "'A Quite Sophisticated Apparatus:' A Rawlsian Approach to Intergenerational Justice and Environmental Sustainability"

    Spring 2014

    Friday, February 28
    Karen Frost-Arnold (Hobart and William Smith)
    "Social Media, Trust, and the Epistemology of Prejudice"

    Saturday, April 5
    UAlbany graduate student conference
    Moral Psychology
    Keynote: Timothy Schroeder (Ohio State)

    Annual videoconference with Moscow State University

    Thursday, May 22
    Topic: Free Will, Mental Causation, and Moral Responsibility
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, HU 290

    Fall 2013

    September 20
    Ruth Boeker
    "Locke on Persons and Personal Identity"

    October 4
    Sydney Faught
    (winner of the Graduate Student Essay Prize)
    "The Right to Love [Drugs]"

    October 25
    Vanessa DeHarven (UMass Amherst)
    "A More Sensible Reading of Plato on Knowledge in Republic V"

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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
    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