Argument in Limbo (or, a note on the importance of feminism) – Nicholas McGinnis

It is not usually within the aegis of a philosophy blog to comment on controversies within popular media; but in certain particularly illustrative cases, exceptions can be made. Here we are once again concerned with public policy, expertise, and argument: Sandra Fluke’s. It might seem late to comment on an story that is already ‘old’ [...]

2016-01-29T12:14:28+00:00 March 29th, 2012|Philosophy of Ethics|

"Science controversies past and present," in Physics Today

Steve Sherwood, of the Climate Change Research Center at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, provides a thoughtful, if schematic, discussion of historical scientific controversy, linking past polemics to present strife on climate change. Both Copernican heliocentrism and Einstein's theory of relativity met with opposition from critics that was as much moral-political [...]

2016-01-29T12:14:56+00:00 March 13th, 2012|Philosophy of Science, Science and Society|

Life and Non-Life – Alex Manafu

Historically, most philosophers and scientists have thought about the distinction between life and non-life as an abrupt one. For vitalists like Driesch life was an irreducible phenomenon, which depended on a new type of force, one of a non-physical nature (an entelechy or a “vis essentialis”). For emergentists like Broad, life depended on the way [...]

2016-01-29T12:15:45+00:00 March 13th, 2012|Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Science|

Rotman Institute Lecture Series: Nancy Cartwright (streaming video)

Dr. Nancy Cartwright will be the third annual Lecturer in Philosophy & Science, giving two talks: one on Thursday, March 8th beginning at 5pm EST ("Evidence, Argument and Mixed Methods"), and another on Friday, March 9th at 3:30 pm EST ( "Wiser Use of Social Science, Wiser Wishes, Wiser Policies"). Both talks will be streNintendo [...]

2016-01-29T12:16:26+00:00 March 7th, 2012|Events, Philosophy of Science, Science and Society|

New Hires: Rotman CRC, Assistant Professor

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Stathis Psillos (University of Athens) has been nominated by Western as the Rotman Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in philosophy of science. His application will now go through the CRC peer review process. Dr. Psillos has made major contributions to philosophy of science, epistemology and metaphysics; served [...]

2016-01-29T12:16:59+00:00 March 6th, 2012|Members, Rotman News|

BBC, journal ‘Nature’ criticize "muzzling" of Canadian scientists

The CBC reports on Nature's extraordinary editorial on the Harper government's control over scientific dissemination, policy which is starting to make headlines internationally as well. The full text of the editorial in Nature can be found here. The criticism is severe. As the articles notes, Researchers who once would have felt comfortable responding freely and [...]

2016-01-29T12:17:46+00:00 March 2nd, 2012|Science and Society|