Eric v.d. Luft, Ph.D., M.L.S.
Professional Talks in Reverse Chronological Order

Last update: 5 November 2015

90. "Commentary on three papers: Jeffrey Dirk Wilson, 'A Proposed Resolution of Thomas Aquinas Third Way: The Contingency of Secondary Analogates'; Jon Burmeister, 'What is Left to Contingency: Hegel's Philosophical Minimalism'; and Owen Goldin, 'Contingency, History, and Eschatology in Plato and Philoponus'." To be presented at the 68th Annual Meeting of the Metaphysical Society of America, Cambridge, Massachusetts, April 1, 2017.

89. "The Concept of Insanity in The Birth of Tragedy." Presented as an invited paper at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Nietzsche Society and the 54th Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP), Atlanta, Georgia, October 8, 2015.
88. "On Free Will: Pols versus Ravven." Presented at the 66th Annual Meeting of the Metaphysical Society of America, University of Georgia, Athens, April 18, 2015.
87. "Dilthey, Nietzsche, Szasz, and Foucault on Artistic Insanity." Presented as the Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds talk, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, March 5, 2015.


86. "Commentary on 'Hegel and the Origin of Language' by Richard Dien Winfield." Presented at the session of the Society for Systematic Philosophy at the meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 29, 2014.
85. "God, Heidegger, Schopenhauer, and the Fivefold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason." Presented at the "Schopenhauer's Fourfold Root: 200 Years On" conference, Keele University, England, November 22, 2014.
84. "The Principle of Sufficient Reason as the Principle of the Ultimate Ground of Being." Presented at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Metaphysical Society of America, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, April 12, 2014.


83. "Heidegger's Luddite Theology." Presented at the 26th Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Interdisciplinary Association for Philosophy and Religious Studies (IAPRS), Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, April 20, 2013.


82. "Commentary on 'Systematic Classification or Purposive Moralization? On Why Teleology is Not the (Only) Key to Kant's Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View' by Liesbet Vanhaute." Presented at the session of the Society for German Idealism at the meeting the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association, San Diego, California, April 22, 2011.


81. "Sources of Hogwarts Potions: Nicolas Flamel, Paracelsus, and Renaissance Alchemy." Presented at Dunham Public Library, Whitesboro, New York, November 16, 2010.
80. "Sources of Hogwarts Potions: Nicolas Flamel, Paracelsus, and Renaissance Alchemy." Presented in connection with the travelling exhibit, "Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine," sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the American Library Association, Northern Onondaga Public Library, Cicero, New York, September 9, 2010.
79. "The Crisis of Religion Among the Young Hegelians: The Legacy of Hegel." Presented as an invited keynote address at the "Religion and Enlightenment: The Young-Hegelian Perspective" conference at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, May 12, 2010.


78. "Using the History of Medicine to Teach the Practice of Medicine." Presented at the monthly Faculty Development Seminar, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, January 30, 2007.


77. "The Mutual Influence of Rock Music and Anti-War Politics in 1968." Presented at the "1968: Global Resistance / Local Knowledge" conference, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, November 3, 2006.
76. "Sarah Loguen Fraser and Other Early Upstate Medical Alumnae." Presented at the Second Annual Sarah Loguen Fraser Dinner, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, January 17, 2006.


75."The History of Upstate Medical University: 1834 to the Present." Presented as the Tenth Health Sciences Library Lecture and a book signing event, co-sponsored by the Health Sciences Library and the Syracuse Medical Alumni Association, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, October 12, 2005.
74."The History of Upstate Medical University: 1834 to the Present." Presented as an invited lecture and a book signing event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Syracuse, held at Drumlins Country Club, Syracuse, New York, September 30, 2005.
73. "Commentary on 'Yellow Fever in New York City, 1791-1799' by Bob Arnebeck and on 'A Tale of Three Cities: Community Responses to the 1918 Flu Epidemic' by Teresa K. Lehr." Presented at the "Public Health" session of the 26th Conference on New York State History, sponsored by the New York State Archives Partnership Trust, held at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York, June 11, 2005.
72. "Conflict of Interest in Right-to-Die Cases." Presented in the "Clinical Ethics" session of "Reason and Evaluation," the 32nd Conference on Value Inquiry, held at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, April 9, 2005.
71. "Toward a Hum(e)an Bioethics." Presented as a seminar in the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, April 1, 2005.
70. "Religion and Medicine: Friends or Foes?" Presented as an invited lecture at HealthLink, Dewitt, New York, March 31, 2005.
69. "Nomenclature as the Legitimation of Complaint: The Terminological History of Fibromyalgia." Co-presented with co-author Diane Davis Luft at the Seventh Annual Meeting of the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science (SAHMS), co-sponsored by the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine, Augusta State University, and the Center for the Study of Georgia History, held in Augusta, Georgia, February 25, 2005.


68. "The Dynamics of Forgiveness." Presented as an invited lecture at Spiritual Care Grand Rounds, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, November 3, 2004.
67. "From Painful Necessity to Gentle Robotics: The American Heritage of Surgery." Presented as an invited lecture at HealthLink, Dewitt, New York, August 16, 2004.
66. "From Quinlan to Schiavo: A Slippery Slope?" Presented as an invited lecture at the University of Richmond, Virginia, March 1, 2004.
65. "Hegel's Philosophy of Medicine." Presented at the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science (SAHMS), co-sponsored by the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine, Augusta State University, and the Center for the Study of Georgia History, held in Augusta, Georgia, February 27, 2004.
64. "From Quinlan to Schiavo: A Slippery Slope?" Presented as an invited lecture at the meeting of the Upsilon Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ) History Honor Society, Cumberland College, Williamsburg, Kentucky, February 26, 2004.


63. "The Intellectual Context of Benjamin Smith Barton's Elements of Botany (1803)." Presented at a meeting of the Upstate New York Colloquium for the History of Science and Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, October 3, 2003.
62. "Nietzsche's Philosophy of Art: Aestheticist or Contextualist?" Presented at the 13th International Conference of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society of Great Britain and Ireland, "Nietzsche, Art, and Aesthetics," University of Warwick, England, September 14, 2003.
61. "Benjamin Smith Barton's Elements of Botany (1803): A Retrospective Book Review." Presented at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (LCTHF), "The Quest for Knowledge: Lewis in Philadelphia: A Bicentennial Commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition 1803-1806," Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 12, 2003.
60. "Elizabeth Blackwell, Patricia J. Numann, and the Struggle of Women to be Surgeons." Presented as the introductory lecture at the 18th Elizabeth Blackwell Day ceremony, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, February 12, 2003.


59. "The Crisis in Health Care Delivery: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same." Presented at the meeting of the Syracuse University Humanistic Studies Center Institute for Retired Professionals, First Baptist Church, Jamesville, New York, November 21, 2002.


58. "Science vs. Compassion in 19th-Century British Gynecology." Presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the New York State Association of European Historians, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York, September 22, 2001.
57. "Early Women Physicians in Central New York." Presented at the Syracuse chapter of OASIS (Older Adult Service and Information System), Dewitt, New York, August 14, 2001.
56. "Disputes and Quarrels as Philosophical Devices: Conceits, Contrivances, or Concepts?" Presented at the 4th Annual Conference of the International Society for Intellectual History (ISIH), "Quarrels, Polemics, and Controversies," Trinity College, University of Cambridge, England, July 27, 2001.
55. "Stuffing up the Cracks or Falling Through Them: How a Philosopher Does History of Medicine." Presented at "No Sense of Discipline: An International Conference on Interdisciplinarity," University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, June 11, 2001.
54. "Hume's Epistemological Purpose in 'Of Miracles'." Presented at the Eastern Regional Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York, March 2, 2001.
53. "Elizabeth Blackwell's Legacy in Surgery." Presented as the introductory lecture at the 16th Elizabeth Blackwell Day ceremony, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, February 28, 2001.


52. "History of Biochemistry at Geneva Medical College, Syracuse University College of Medicine, and SUNY Upstate Medical University." Presented at the unveiling of Gary Trento's portrait of Robert Kemp Brewer, M.D. (1886-1945), SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, December 12, 2000.
51. "Medical Curriculum in Upstate New York, 1809-2000." Presented at the "Researching New York 2000" conference, SUNY at Albany, November 17, 2000.
50. "Women Patients in the 19th Century." Presented as part of the Humanistic Lecture Series, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, October 13, 2000.
49. "Physiognomy, Phrenology, and Race: The Artistic Anatomy of Sir Charles Bell." Presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the New York State Association of European Historians, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York, September 23, 2000.
48. "What Was Hume Really Doing in the Essay on Miracles?" Presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the Hume Society, "A Feast of Reason: Rhetoric, Representation, Religion, and Revolution," College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, July 27, 2000.
47. "Managing a History of Medicine Department." Presented as an invited talk to students in the graduate "Health Information Resources Management" course at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies, April 3, 2000.
46. "Sarah Loguen Fraser, M.D. (1850-1993): The First Black Woman Doctor in Syracuse." Presented as an invited lecture at the Onondaga Historical Association, Syracuse, New York, March 2, 2000.
45. "The Life of Sarah Loguen Fraser, M.D. (1850-1933)." Presented as part of the Black History Month ceremonies, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, at the naming of Sarah Loguen Street, February 2, 2000, and at the unveiling of the portrait of Sarah Loguen Fraser by Susan Keeter, February 9, 2000.


44. "So Your Great-Grandfather was a Physician: Local Resources for Researching Medical Genealogy." Presented at the meeting of the Central New York Genealogical Society, Dewitt Community Church, Dewitt, New York, November 13, 1999.
43. "North American vs. European Attitudes Toward the Advent of Women Physicians." Presented at the 14th Annual Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies (INCS) Conference, "Transatlanticisms," Ohio State University, Columbus, April 9, 1999.
42. "Mid-Nineteenth Century Attitudes Toward Women Physicians: Reflections on Elizabeth Blackwell and the 150th Anniversary of Women in Medicine." Invited paper presented at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia as a Seminar of the Francis C. Wood Institute for the History of Medicine, March 23, 1999.
41. "Elizabeth Blackwell at Geneva Medical College: Reflections on the 150th Anniversary of Women in Medicine." Presented at the "Women's History in Central New York" conference sponsored by the Central New York Library Resources Council Documentary Heritage Program, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York, March 19, 1999.
40. "History of Elizabeth Blackwell." Presented as the introductory lecture at the 14th Elizabeth Blackwell Day ceremony, SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse [i.e., Upstate Medical University], Syracuse, New York, February 10, 1999.


39. "Philosophical and Religious Aspects of the Medicalization of Assisted Suicide and Capital Punishment" (co-written with Kathy Faber-Langendoen). Presented at the International Conference, "The Interplay Between Philosophy, Science, and Religion: The European Heritage," Institute of Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, as the first of three papers in the "Between Theory and Practice" workshop session, November 19, 1998.
38. "Travelling in Denmark with a Small Map of Europe: The Importance of Subjectivity in Hegel's Thought." Sponsored by Denmark's International Study Program (DIS), presented at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, November 16, 1998.
37. "Elizabeth Blackwell at Geneva Medical College: The Nature of Mid-Nineteenth Century Prejudice Against Women Physicians." Presented at the meeting of the Upstate New York and Ontario Chapter (UNYOC) of the Medical Library Association (MLA), Geneva, New York, October 15, 1998.
36. "So Your Great-Grandfather was a Physician: Local Resources for Researching Medical Genealogy." Presented as the Fourth Health Sciences Library Lecture and as a National Archives Week event, co-sponsored by the Central New York Genealogical Society, SUNY Health Science Center [i.e., Upstate Medical University], Syracuse, New York, October 13, 1998.
35. "Basic Elements of an Historical Records Program," workshop sponsored by the New York State Archives and Records Administration (SARA) Documentary Heritage Program (DHP) of the South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC), held at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, Hammondsport, New York, June 24, 1998.
34. "Basic Elements of an Historical Records Program," workshop sponsored by the New York State Archives and Records Administration (SARA) Documentary Heritage Program (DHP) of the South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC), held at the Chenango County Historical Society, Norwich, New York, June 23, 1998.
33. "Basic Elements of an Historical Records Program," workshop sponsored by the New York State Archives and Records Administration (SARA) Documentary Heritage Program (DHP) of the South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC), held at the DeWitt Historical Society, Ithaca, New York, June 22, 1998.
32. "Arthur Ecker's Contributions to Pain Management." Presented at the meeting of the Anesthesia History Association, partially concurrent with the 71st Annual Meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine, Toronto, Ontario, May 7, 1998.
31. "Financing North American Medical Libraries in the Nineteenth Century" (co-written with Godfrey S. Belleh). Presented at the 13th Annual Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies (INCS) Conference, "Money and Culture," Loyola University, New Orleans, April 18, 1998.


30. "The Descriptive Cataloging of Rare, Scarce, and Old Books," workshop sponsored by the Central Area Technical Services (CATS) Group, SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, May 27, 1997.
29. "The Church of the Ascension, New York City: Decoration, Environment, Ritual." Co-presented with co-author Lucy L. Bowditch at "The Church and the City" conference, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, April 19, 1997.
28. "The Search for Miracle Cures in the Nineteenth Century." Presented at the 12th Annual Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies (INCS) Conference, "Death and Life," University of California, Berkeley, April 5, 1997.
27. "Commentary on 'Heidegger's Hermeneutic Path' by Lawrence K. Schmidt." Presented at the 21st Annual Mid-South Philosophy Conference, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, March 1, 1997.
26. "Commentary on 'Francis Bacon: Plan and Accident' by Thalia Welsh." Presented at the 21st Annual Mid-South Philosophy Conference, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, February 28, 1997.


25. "'Wer hängt dir im Sattel?' Is Wagner's Ring a Hegelian Circle." Presented at the meeting of the Canadian Society for Aesthetics, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, May 27, 1996.


24. "Internet Resources for Rare Book Cataloging." Presented at the meeting of the New York Library Association (NYLA), Rochester, New York, October 26, 1995.
23. "Internet for Historical, Genealogical, and Special Collections Reference." Presented at "Beyond the Hype: Using Internet in Libraries," Syracuse University, August 11, 1995.
22. "Rare Book Catalogers and the Internet." Presented at the meeting of the Eastern New York Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ENY/ACRL), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, March 17, 1995.


21. "Overview of the History of Medicine." Presented as an invited slide show and talk to students in the graduate "Biomedical Information Resources" course at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies, March 2, 1994.


20. "Commentary on 'Cullen, Hume and the Philadelphia Medical School' by Nina Reid-Maroney and on 'Who Made Up the Eighteenth Century Scottish Medical World?' by Roger Emerson." Presented at the "Twentieth Hume Conference: Hume in his Scottish Setting; Under the Joint Auspices of the Eighteenth Century Scottish Studies Society and the Hume Society; Session 10.B. Scottish Medical Men: At Home and Abroad"; University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, July 10, 1993.


19. "Karl Schmidt's Critique of Feuerbach." Presented as an invited paper at the "Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft: Ludwig Feuerbach und die Zukunft der Philosophie; Sektion 2: Feuerbach und die Religionen," sponsored by the Internationale Vereinigung zum Studium der Werke Ludwig Feuerbachs, held at the Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung, Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld, West Germany, October 10, 1989.
18. "Toward a Unified Concept of Art." Presented at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík, October 5, 1989.
17. "Reason Judging Religion: Hume or Hegel?" Presented at the meeting of the Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, April 22, 1989.


16. "Death, Immortality, and Non-Existence." Presented in the "Lunch and Learn" series of Staff Development Programs at Syracuse University, April 13, 1988.


15. "Hegel vs.(?) Judaism: A Reassessment." Presented at the meeting of the Nineteenth Century Theology Group of the American Academy of Religion, Boston, Massachusetts, December 7, 1987.
14. "Putting Evil in Perspective." Presented in the "Lunch and Learn" series of Staff Development Programs at Syracuse University, November 4, 1987.
13. "Schopenhauer as Self-Critic." Presented as an invited paper at the meeting of the North American Division of the Schopenhauer-Gesellschaft (held in conjunction with the meeting of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association), Chicago, Illinois, April 30, 1987.


12. "The Unfolding of Hegel's Berlin Philosophy of Religion, 1821-1831." Presented as an invited lecture at Columbia University, New York, New York, December 5, 1986.
11. "Commentary on 'Hegel and Heidegger' by Robert R. Williams." Presented at the Ninth Biennial Meeting of the Hegel Society of America, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, October 10, 1986.


10. "Dialectics and Destiny: A Look at Predetermination in Njal's Saga." Presented at the Tenth International Conference on Patristic, Mediaeval, and Renaissance Studies, Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, September 21, 1985.


9. "The Birth of Spirit for Hegel out of the Travesty of Medicine." Presented at the Eighth Biennial Meeting of the Hegel Society of America, Russell Sage College, Albany, New York, October 4, 1984.
8. "Commentary on 'Hume's Causal Explanation of Causal Thinking' by Stephen Barker." Presented at the Thirteenth Conference of the Hume Society, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, August 19, 1984.


7. "Simplicity and Complexity in Hume's Theory of Perception." Presented at the meeting of the Eastern Pennsylvania Philosophical Association, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania, December 3, 1983.
6. "An Early Interpretation of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit." Presented at the meeting of the Eastern Pennsylvania Philosophical Association, Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, April 30, 1983.


5. "What is Living and What is Dead in (the Spirit of) Christianity." Presented at Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, December 2, 1982.
4. "Commentary on 'The Historical Dialectic of Spirit: Jacob Boehme's Influence on Hegel' by David Walsh." Presented at the Seventh Biennial Meeting of the Hegel Society of America, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, October 8, 1982.


3. "The Theological Significance of Hegel's Four World Historical Realms" (second version). Presented at Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, November 3, 1981.
2. "The Theological Significance of Hegel's Four Realms" (first version). Presented at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, October 12, 1981.


1. "New Currents in Hegelian Thought." Presented at Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, October 18, 1978.