At the Rotman Institute, we explore philosophical questions that emerge from contemporary science, helping scientists and policymakers to grapple with important and complex issues. Our distinctive approach follows from the insight that these questions are best pursued collaboratively, by philosophers, scientists, and policy makers working closely together.
Research Projects done by Rotman Institute Faculty Members are changing the way philosophy of science and bioethics are done, by bringing philosophers and scientists together to work on problems faced by scientists and the implications of science for society, in ways that have global significance.
Also core to the Institute’s mission is integrating graduate students and postdoctoral fellows into research projects, offering unique training opportunities.
Our core areas of research are research ethics, foundations of physics, philosophy of neuroscience, and environmental philosophy.
READING & WORKING GROUPS
Each year, Rotman Institute members organize and participate in reading and working groups exploring philosophical questions from a wide range of fields.
The Institute engages with the public through activities such as public lectures (including online video archives of these talks), multimedia exhibitions, and online apps.
Our activities promote public engagement and philosophical reflection on scientific issues affecting Canada and the world. Our aim is to go beyond the purely academic audience, introducing our ideas and research to the broader public in an accessible format.
The Rotman Institute of Philosophy K-12 education program employs a variety of active participation strategies that engage students in the exciting world of philosophy. Our lesson plans are designed to promote cross-curricular and integrated learning. Our K-8 activities act as an introduction to general philosophy, while the activities we complete with high school students explore philosophy in a more in-depth, content specific manner.
POLICY & PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
Rotman Institute philosophers are especially well equipped to consider questions that span different fields, integrate insights from various sources, and investigate what individuals and societies should do. Our distinctive intellectual orientation creates opportunities to shape public policy, and for ambitious public engagement.