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 for the 2018-19 academic year. Meetings are held in WIRB 7107, unless noted otherwise below. Learn more about each group, or join by inquiring with the group’s main contact person.

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 also sponsors occasional guest lectures or special events. Meeting for this semester will be held biweekly on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm. Please see the calendar below for meeting dates. Contact Eric Desjardins for further information regarding this group.

Lab Associates Basic Training

This program is for graduate students (primarily in philosophy) who want to acquire some basic knowledge of psychology and neuroscience, including experimental methods and data analysis. The goal is to place graduates of the program in a BMI lab to further their training in and ability to contribute to empirical research. Many graduates of the program have gone on to co-author scientific papers. This is highly recommended for any students with an interest in philosophy of science. We will meet biweekly on Tuesdays at 4:00 pm, generally for about 90 minutes. Please see the calendar below for meeting dates. Contact Mike Anderson if interested in participating.

Neurophilosophy Reading Group

The Neurophilosophy Reading Group is open to anyone interested in the intersection between neuroscience and philosophy. We will meet biweekly on Thursdays at 11:00 am for an hour to read and discuss works of interest to philosophy, psychology and neuroscience. Readings TBD, but may include Elizabeth Schechter’s Self-consciousness and “split” brains: the minds eye. Please see the calendar below for meeting dates. Contact Mike Anderson if interested in participating.

Philosophy of Physics Reading Group

The Philosophy of Physics Reading Group will continue to meet this semester. Bi-weekly meeting times TBD. Please contact Michael Cuffaro if interested in participating.

Well-being Reading Group

This group will resume in the winter 2019 term. Meetings will be bi-weekly, with times TBD. Please contact Anthony Skelton if interested in participating.


Events for Rotman Institute members (displayed in blue), public outreach events (yellow), and term dates from the Western University academic calendar (green) are shown below.