2018 Romanell Conference

July 26, 2018 - July 28, 2018
Romanell Center for Clinical Ethics and the Philosophy of Medicine, State University of New York, Buffalo

Park Hall 141 / Park Hall 280
University of Buffalo
Buffalo 14260-4150
United States

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Dear Philosophers:

The 2018 Romanell Conference features talks on bioethics and the philosophy of medicine by Patrick Daly, Derek Doroski, David Hershenov, Patrick Lee, Don Marquis, Barry Smith, and Jerome Wakefield.

The conference includes three debates.

1.     Adam Taylor vs. Shane Hemmer on the compatibility of four-dimensionalism and bioethics.

2.     Patrick Lee vs. Don Marquis on the pro-life position on abortion.

3.     David Limbaugh vs. Neil Feit on the harmful dysfunction account of disorder.

Here is the conference schedule.


Metaphysical Foundations of Bioethics Talks/Debates- Thursday July 26 - Park Hall 141

9:00-9:30 Breakfast

9:30 -10:30 - Adam Taylor "The Incompatibility of Four-Dimensionalism and Bioethics"

10:45-11:45 Shane Hemmer "The Compatibility of Four-Dimensionalism and Bioethics"

12:00-1:00 David Hershenov "If Fetuses are Parts of their Mothers, then Three Popular Abortion Defenses Fail on Purely Conceptual Grounds”

1:00-2:00 Lunch - Jerry Wakefield Trivia Quiz with Wakefield Books as prizes

2:00-3:00 Derek Doroski – Topic: When Organisms Begin

3:15-4:15 Pat Daly "A Critical Realist Appraisal of the Russo-Williams Thesis."

4:30-5:30 Yishai Cohen "Reductive Omnism" 

Bioethics Talks/Debates - Friday July 27 – Conference Switches Rooms to Park Hall 280

9:00-9:30 Breakfast

9:30-10:30 Phil Reed "How Suicide and Assisted Suicide Overlap" 

10:45-11:45 Harvey Berman TBA

12:00-1:00 Travis Timmerman "The Problem with the Person-Rearing Account" 

1:00-2:00 Lunch and Trivia Quiz about Pat Lee with Lee Books as prizes

2:00-3:00 Patrick Lee “Defense of The Pro- Life Position and critique of Don Marquis”

3:15-4:15 Don Marquis “Defense of the Pro-life Position and Critique of Pat Lee”

4:30-5:30 Steve Kershnar "Problems with Informed Consent"

Philosophy of Medicine Talks/Debates - Saturday July 28 - Park Hall 280

9:00-9:30 Breakfast

9:30-10:30 Bob Kelly "Addiction is not a Brain Disease"

10:45-12:15 Keynote Topic: Jerry Wakefield on the Nature of Addiction

12:15-1:00 Lunch and Trivia Quiz about Barry Smith with Smith Books as Prizes

1:00-2:00 - Limbaugh "Defense of the Harmful Dysfunction Account of Disorder: Critique of Feit”

2:15-3:15 Neil Feit “Why Disorder doesn't have to be Harmful: Critique of Limbaugh”

3:30-4:30 Jelena Krgovic TBA

4:45-5:45 Barry Smith "Capacities"

The Center for Clinical Ethics and Humanities in Health Care, established at the University at Buffalo in 1994, is now the Romanell Center for Clinical Ethics and the Philosophy of Medicine. Our new name honors the 2003 testamentary gift bestowed by Edna Romanell, while reflecting a focus on bioethics in today's complex health care concerns. As a multi-disciplinary center with a long tradition of coordinating academic activities, the Center is poised to expand collaborative research and experience-based learning at UB to better serve the communities of Western New York, Southern Ontario, and beyond.

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