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New video: Rotman Institute Lecturer Bas van Fraassen, “The Semantic Approach to Science, After 50 Years”

What is a scientific theory? How does it get empirical meaning? What are its linguistic status and formal characteristics? 50 years ago, the advent of the semantic view of scientific theory marked a departure from the ‘received view’ or syntactic approach, according to which a theory is given by a system of axioms (definitions and […]

Dr. Lexchin’s Talk Tonight

Please join us tonight for Dr. Lexchin’s talk, “Those Who Have the Gold Make the Evidence: The Pharmaceutical Industry and Clinical Trials”.  The talk will be held in the David Chu Centre (Western Student Services Building room 2130) from 7:00-8:30PM.  There will be a reception held at the Chu Centre prior to the lecture staring […]

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Rotman Lecture: Bas van Fraassen

Join us tomorrow and Friday for two talks by Bas van Fraassen: The Self, From a Logical Point of View (Talk 1 of 2) 5:00-6:30pm EST, Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 Western University, Conron Hall, 224 University College Abstract:  Our sense of self is readily extrapolated to engender paradoxes, but that sense is not easily dismissed […]

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William L. Harper is the 2014 recipient of the Patrick Suppes Prize

American Philosophical Society HELD AT PHILADELPHIA FOR PROMOTING USEFUL KNOWLEDGE William L. Harper is the 2014 recipient of the Patrick Suppes Prize. The American Philosophical Society is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2014 Patrick Suppes Prize in Philosophy of Science is William L. Harper in recognition of his book Isaac Newton’s Scientific Method: […]

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Rotman Institute Alumnus Interview: Spencer Hey (PhD ’11)

The mission of the Rotman Institute is to bring philosophers into productive engagement with scientists, policy makers and the public. An important component of accomplishing this mission is building strong ties with our alumni and celebrating their accomplishments as they put their training into practice in academic, governmental and private spheres.      Spencer Hey […]

Is Motivated Reasoning Bad Reasoning? Part III

Productive Disagreement among Motivated Reasoners By Dan Hicks This is part III of a three-part series. This series will be posted simultaneously on Je Fais, Donc Je Suis, my personal blog, as well as the Rotman Institute Blog. In part I of this series, I discussed motivated reasoning, reasoning in which emotions or values play a significant […]

Is Motivated Reasoning Bad Reasoning? Part II

Alternatives to Antagonism: Ambiguity and Uncertainty By Dan Hicks This is part II of a three-part series. This series will be posted simultaneously on Je Fais, Donc Je Suis, my personal blog, as well as the Rotman Institute Blog. In the first part of this post, I discussed the work of social psychologist Dan Kahan […]

Is Motivated Reasoning Bad Reasoning? Part I

The Pervasiveness of Motivated Reasoning By Dan Hicks This is part I of a three-part series. This series will be posted simultaneously on Je Fais, Donc Je Suis, my personal blog, as well as the Rotman Institute Blog. Social and political values predict your views on climate change: if you’re an egalitarian-communitarian (think: liberal, on the political […]

Douglas Kutach: Influencing The Past March 26th

Rotman’s Visiting Fellow, Dr. Douglas Kutach will be presenting a talk on March 26th at 1:30-3:00pm in Somerville House room 3355. For his final talk in his three part series, he will be speaking about Influencing The Past. Abstract In the final installment of this lecture series, I will discuss the application of my metaphysics […]

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Interviews with Robert Foley and Jody Culham

Below are interviews with Jody Culham and Robert Foley who are working on different aspects of  perception as part of a partnership between the Brain and Mind Institute and the Rotman Institute of Philosophy.  Jody Culham is professor in the psychology department and is studying the neuroscience of perception and action.  Robert Foley holds a joint post-doc between the […]