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Bringing philosophers into productive engagement with scientists, policy makers and the public.

RESEARCH PROJECTS

Pursuing fundamental questions about how science works, the nature of scientific knowledge, how to use scientific knowledge wisely, and how to conduct research ethically.

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ROTMAN EVENTS

Learn about Rotman public lectures, our annual speakers series, and conferences we host on topics that are of current significance globally.

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MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Become a member, and pursue research in a welcoming intellectual community working at the intersection of philosophy and the sciences.

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ROTMAN MEMBERS

Meet our multidisciplinary team of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students working together to address a range of philosophical areas.

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ABOUT US

The challenges facing contemporary society are complex and multi-faceted, and do not fall neatly within disciplinary boundaries.

The Rotman Institute of Philosophy, founded in 2008, is a global leader in interdisciplinary research and training that responds to these challenges.

Inspired by Joseph Rotman’s recognition of the distinctive capacity of philosophy to clarify thinking about complex questions and to bridge intellectual divides, the Institute brings the benefits of philosophical thinking to the scientific community and the broader public.

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RECENT BLOG POSTS

April 2018 Member News & Updates

This month Western celebrated the official opening of our new building, the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building. In addition to the Rotman Institute, the WIRB hosts [...]

Should human enhancement be a moral imperative? An interview with Julian Savulescu

by Meghan Winsby Julian Savulescu is Director of the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, Professor of Practical Ethics, and Fellow [...]

March 2018 Member News & Updates

The month of March was packed with Rotman speaker events! Over the course of the month we hosted Jenann Ismael, Ned Block, Stathis Psillos, Julian Savulescu, [...]

2nd annual Philosophical Photography Contest Winner

After launching a very successful photo contest last year, the Rotman Institute was honoured (and excited!) to hold our 2nd Annual Philosophical Photography [...]

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INSTITUTE FUNDING

The Rotman Institute of Philosophy is jointly funded through donations by the Rotman Family Foundation, and funds from Western University. Additional funding has been granted from other organizations, listed below. This funding is integral to the ongoing work of the Institute, and very appreciated.