From left to right: Michael Milde, Henrik Lagerlund, Christopher Smeenk, Carolyn McLeod, Gillian Barker, Carl Hoefer

Our Vision

The Rotman Institute is committed to fostering and supporting dialogue and collaboration between philosophers and scientists, and building bridges between the humanities and the sciences.

We envision the Rotman Institute as a globally recognized centre of excellence, providing intellectual leadership and training in the investigation of ethical and epistemological issues in contemporary science. But we do not exist in an ivory tower. We engage philosophers, scientists, students and policy-makers around the world in the discussion about what science is good for and what is good for science. We also reach out to the community at large; through conferences, workshops and speakers’ series, we promote public engagement, discussion and reflection on problems and issues relevant to society. The Rotman Institute of Philosophy plays a central role in the ongoing effort to enhance the international excellence of the University’s Department of Philosophy in the field of the Philosophy of Science.

VISION:

  1. To become a recognized global centre of excellence providing intellectual leadership and training in the investigation of ethical and epistemological issues in contemporary science.
  2. To foster and support dialogue and collaboration between philosophers and scientists, thereby building novel and productive bridges between the humanities and the sciences.
  3. To provide leadership in informed public discussion of ethical and epistemological issues in contemporary science, and to promote public engagement and philosophical reflection on scientific issues affecting Canada and the world.

MISSION:

To realize this Vision, the Rotman Institute of Philosophy will:

  • Support Institute faculty in producing peer-reviewed articles, monographs, and other publications that reflect scholarship of international caliber;
  • Facilitate faculty actions and interactions by developing a cohort of core Institute faculty;
  • Foster national and international collaboration, building on strong relationships with other
    institutions;
  • Promote interdisciplinary projects, strengthening already robust collaborative relationships
    between Philosophy and other units at Western and elsewhere;
  • Obtain external funding to support research, collaborations, and interdisciplinary projects;
  • Build on the strong base afforded by Western’s international reputation in philosophy of science,ethics, and history of philosophy;
  • Take full advantage of the academic leadership provided by the Rotman CRC in Philosophy of Science and the CRC in Bioethics;
  • Sponsor conferences, workshops, and speakers’ series;
  • Create a faculty position in science and values;
  • Host visiting fellows from other institutions;
  • Maintain a postdoctoral fellowship in science and values;
  • Train graduate students in ethical and epistemological issues in science;
  • Integrate graduate students and undergraduate students into the intellectual work and life of the Institute;
  • Communicate the results of research conducted within the Rotman Institute to academics, policy makers, and the general public;
  • Provide leadership in informed public debate of policy issues related to science and values;
  • Promote public engagement and reflection on issues in science and values; and
  • Work with Western’s media relations team to be available for comment on relevant public issues.

Click here to view the Institute’s Strategic Plan for 2011-2016


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