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August 2019 Member News & Updates

Two of our graduate students successfully defended their theses this August. Please join us in congratulating Adam Koberinski (supervised by Wayne Myrvold) whose thesis, “Theory construction in high-energy particle physics”, was defended on August 1. Eunice Chan (supervised by Robert Corless) defended her thesis, "Algebraic Companions and Linearizations", on August 23. Well done, Adam & [...]

2019-09-05T11:51:56-04:00September 5th, 2019|Members, Rotman News|

July 2019 Member News & Updates

We'd like to begin this month's post by congratulating Marie Gueguen (supervised by Chris Smeenk) who successfully defended her doctoral thesis, "On Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: Surplus Structure and Artifacts in Scientific Theories”, on July 23. This September Marie will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University [...]

2019-08-02T13:02:04-04:00August 2nd, 2019|Members|

May & June 2019 Member News & Updates

We'd like to begin this bi-monthly post with news of an exciting addition to the Institute: please join us in welcoming Francesca Vidotto, chosen for the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Foundations of Physics, a joint position between philosophy and applied mathematics. Francesca's recent research has focused in part on clarifying the phenomenology of [...]

2019-07-03T10:01:12-04:00June 27th, 2019|Members, Rotman News|

2019 Call for Graduate Student Member Applications

The Rotman Institute of Philosophy is currently inviting graduate students to apply for either resident or non-resident membership. The Institute's mission is to catalyze and lead the production of interdisciplinary research by uniting philosophers with scientists, policy makers and the general public. Our open-concept, collaborative work space is housed in the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building, along with [...]

2019-05-21T15:35:08-04:00May 21st, 2019|Rotman News|

April 2019 Member News & Updates

We're very pleased to make the official announcement that Anthony Skelton will be serving as Acting Director of the Institute (effective July 1, 2019) during the next academic year. Anthony previously served as Associate Director of the Institute from 2014-18, and as a member of the steering committee during that time. Please join us in [...]

2019-05-03T13:58:05-04:00May 3rd, 2019|Events, Members, Rotman News|

March 2019 Member News & Updates

The Institute hosted three visitors in March: Stathis Psillos, Anjan Chakravartty, and Lisa Feldman Barrett. During his stay, Stathis Psillos taught a graduate seminar titled, "What is a Law of Nature?". He also gave commentary during a Rotman Dialogue with Anjan Chakravartty, based on his book, "Scientific Ontology: Integrating Naturalized Metaphysics and Voluntarist Epistemology”. Chakravartty [...]

2019-04-16T08:44:41-04:00April 10th, 2019|Members, Rotman News|

3rd Annual Philosophical Photography Contest Winner

It's been another year, and we've had another round of fantastic entries to our annual Philosophical Photography Contest. As in years past, people were invited to submit photos that managed to capture an abstract philosophical concept in a creative way. Once again, our judges had a very difficult time choosing a winner. Photos were judged [...]

2019-04-09T11:58:38-04:00April 8th, 2019|Rotman News|

January 2019 Member News & Updates

This month the Institute's annual public lecture series, prepared in partnership with the London Public Library and Western's department of philosophy, began. This year's series, Happiness and Well-Being: Philosophical Perspectives, has been exceptionally successful. Talks by Samantha Brennan, Anthony Skelton, and Rachel Margolis all took place in January. The final talk of the series, by [...]

2019-02-07T11:45:59-04:00February 7th, 2019|Members, Rotman News|

2019 Essay Prize in Philosophy of Cosmology

The purpose of this competition is to promote new work in the emerging interdisciplinary field of philosophy of cosmology, in particular by encouraging scholars at all career stages to consider the central questions in this area. We solicit papers on any topic concerning the philosophy of cosmology. We are particularly (but not exclusively) interested [...]