//Reading and Working Groups
Reading and Working Groups 2017-10-17T13:51:09+00:00


Each year, Rotman Institute members organize and participate in reading and working groups exploring philosophical questions from a wide range of fields. Listed below are the groups planned so far the 2017-18 academic year. Learn more about each group, or join by inquiring with the group’s main contact person.

Aristotle on Substantial Generation Reading Group

This group will meet bi-weekly and work through Devin Henry’s manuscript Aristotle on Substantial Generation. Meetings will take place on Thursdays from 12:30-1:30pm in Stevenson Hall 2150H. For more information please contact Adam Woodcox.

BiPED Working Group

Founded in 1996, BiPED is an interdisciplinary group that brings together faculty, post-docs and students from biology, philosophy and related disciplines to discuss research related to evolution. BiPED meets about once a month, and also sponsors occasional guest lectures or special events. Meeting times and locations TBA. Please contact Gillian Barker for further information regarding this group.

Facilitative Climate Change Response Working Group

This group is working on interrelated projects that combine analytic and ethnographic methods to develop a framework to aid in devising and realizing viable, sustainable, and ethically adequate institutional responses to imminent climate change losses and damages. We meet bi-weekly to report progress on research tasks. We are currently interested in ramping up the empirical, ethnographic components of this work. Contact Justin Donhauser to discuss joining.

Formal Semantics Reading Group

The goal of this reading group is to provide philosophers with the background to understand formal semantics. We will meet weekly on Tuesdays at 11 AM in the Rotman seminar room to discuss Elements of Formal Semantics by Yoad Winter. Please contact Chang Liu if you are interested in joining.

Neurophilosophy Reading Group

The Neurophilosophy Reading Group is open to anyone interested in the intersection between neuroscience and philosophy. We will be reading Peter Godfrey-Smith’s book, Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness, starting in October. Day and time TBA. Please contact Catherine Stinson if interested in participating.

Philosophy of Physics Reading Group

The Philosophy of Physics Reading Group will continue to meet this semester. Topic, day and time TBA. Please contact Michael Cuffaro if interested in participating.