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Past Conferences and Workshops

Philosophy of Biology at the Mountains (on Zoom)
June 23, 25 and 29, 2020

Philosophy of Biology at the Mountains (on ZOOM) (POBAMz 2020) is a revised version of the biennial forum for new work in the philosophy of biology. What was a joint workshop and seminar, is this year going to be an online workshop which provides an opportunity for participants to engage with exciting new work in the field and to receive constructive feedback on projects from interested colleagues and peers.

POBAMz showcases new peer-reviewed work in the philosophy of biology. Submissions can be on any topic in the philosophy of biology or biology-oriented philosophy of science, though priority is given to novel and innovative work. Interdisciplinary projects bridging philosophy and biology are highly encouraged.


2019 University of Utah Student Philosophy Conference

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Sarah Buss, University of Michigan

The 2019 University of Utah Graduate Student Philosophy Conference showcases exceptional work by graduate and advanced undergraduate students in all fields of philosophy. The theme of the 2019 conference is an exploration of action and how our principles of practical reasoning inform our ethical decision making. The conference will focus largely on the metaphysics of action insofar as it relates to personal identity, moral reasoning, and social discourse in an increasingly technological world. Possible paper topics may include but are not limited to the following: heuristics for practical reasoning, analysis related to the how and why be moral question, theories of reasoning and rationality, the taxonomy of identity, navigating contemporary political and social discourse, the structure of action, meta-ethical concerns for a technological world, psychology, and relevant neuroscience. Other related topics will be welcome.

Email abstracts and full papers to Papers should be suitable for a 25-minute presentation and a 20-minute follow-up Q&A. Submissions should be prepared for blind review. Please include a separate cover page with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Title of the paper
  • Abstract (250 words or less)
  • Contact information (email)

Priority will be given to complete papers.  Additionally, The University of Utah Philosophy Program is happy to offer a cash prize to the distinguished student who submits the best paper. Notification of acceptance will be sent by September 16th.


Research Reproducibility in Science

The Department of Philosophy is offering a 5-day summer course on Research Reproducibility in Science as part of the University of Utah’s campus-wide initiative on Research Reproducibility. The course is aimed at undergrads, grads, postdocs, and other scholars working in the natural and social sciences, as well as those working in the philosophy of science and related fields. The course will provide an in-depth exploration of conceptual and practical issues surrounding research reproducibility in the sciences, and will teach students practical strategies for making their own work more reproducible.


Bioethics and Decision Making

Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building (CTIHB)
Room 406 (4th floor)
Friday, October 26, 2018
10am – 4:30pm

Keynote speaker:

C. Thi Nguyen, Ph.D. Utah Valley University "Games, Gamification, and Value Capture" At 3:00 P.M.

Student presentations:

  • Katie Petrozzo, University of Utah "Free Will and Responsibility in the Neuroscientific Age"
  • Spencer Rian, Montana State University "Addressing In Vitro Fertilization Success Disparities Among Racial Groups and the Failure of Medical Research Methodology"
  • Jeffrey Pannekoek, University of Tennessee "According to My Ability and Judgment: The Avoidance of Harm in Medical Decision Making for Unrepresented Patients"
  • Anthony P. Smith, University of Utah "Dealing with Genetic Uncertainty: Variants of Uncertain Significance, Errors, and Risk"

POBAM Philosophy of Biology at the Mountains

The Department of Philosophy is hosting a 5-day seminar in conjunction with the Philosophy of Biology at the Mountains (POBAM) Workshop. The seminar is designed for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and other junior scholars in philosophy and biology. The seminar will include background readings and discussion on topics relevant to the workshop talks, and will provide an opportunity for students to engage in depth with the topics and speakers at the workshop.

Species in the Age of Discordance

Biological lineages move through time, space, and each other. As they do, they diversify, diverge, and grade away from and into one another. One result of this is genealogical discordance, i.e., the lineages of a biological entity may have different histories. We see this on many levels, from microbial networks, to holobionts, to population-level lineages.
March 23-25, 2017

IWSPC 2017

Join us for the 14th Annual Intermountain West Student Philosophy Conference

Buddhism's Engagement with the World

April 21st - 22nd, 2017

Inaugural Workshop on the Philosophy of Games

Come to a major American gathering of philosophers working on topics in games, including the value of games, whether games are art, and whether games are evil...
October 14-15, 2016

Last Updated: 5/9/22