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Last updated 19 March 2017

Coming Events

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

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Philosophy Club

Philosophy Club

Taking a philosophy course and want to know more about what this philosophy thing is about? Simply interested in philosophical discussion? Join us for informal conversation and student presentations. Our goal is to make philosophy inclusive and accessible to all levels of experience… newbies and seasoned philosophers alike.

Fridays 5:00–7:00
Eastman lounge

(in front of the ID office;
for any latecomers, if you cannot find us there,
go to the end of the hallway, turn right, and we’ll
be in the first room on the right).

If you wish to stay up to date with the club, here is our Facebook group:

Thursday 23 March 2017
Eastman 2000

Richard Dees
(University of Rochester)

Primum Non Nocere Mortuis:
Bioethics and the Interests of the Dead”

Despite the apparently paradoxical nature of the claim, I will defend the idea that we can harm the dead. Positing that the dead have interests both makes sense of our practices, and it accords with the ways that we create value in our lives. Moreover, I argue that the reasons we can harm the dead shed light on many issues in bioethics, including organ donation, posthumous reproduction, end-of-life decisions, and advance directives for dementia.

Sponsored by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics

Thursday 20 April 2017
Eastman 2000

David B. Suits

“Miguel’s Choice:
Killing Innocent Persons for the Greater Good”

If one must take reasonable precautions to not harm people, and if the intentional use of violence against a person requires justification, and if self-defense can be such a justification, then even in one’s act of self-defense, one must take reasonable precautions to not harm innocent persons. Even unintentionally and mistakenly harming innocent persons can sometimes be grounds for moral criticism. But what of unintentionally and knowingly harming innocent persons in one’s pursuit of a significant “higher good” (such as freeing one’s society from the yoke of an oppressive tyranny)? Can the goal of a “higher good” relax the reasonable precautions rule?

Sponsored by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics

Friday 28 April 2017
Innovation Hall (Simone Center)

8th R.I.T. Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Keynote Speaker:

Paul Horwich
(New York University)

“Progress in Philosophy”

Questions? Contact Dr. Colin Mathers at

For further information on upcoming events, contact

Professor Silvia Benso, Chair
Department of Philosophy
Office: 1305 College of Liberal Arts
Phone: (585) 475-4116