October 24--26, 2014

New Video Posted: James Fleming – Dynamic Climatology: Historical Perspectives on Shape-Shifting Nouns

Here is the first video from the Knowledge and Models in Climate Science: Philosophical, Historical & Scientific Perspectives Conference at the  Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Western University, October 24-26, 2014. James Fleming (Colby College, Science, Technology and Society) Abstract: I present case studies of “shape-shifting nouns” in the history of dynamic climatology and identify some […]

New Video: Peter Achinstein – Who Needs Proof? James Clerk Maxwell on Scientific Method

The second lecture Peter Achinstein gave in November, 2014 is now available on our YouTube channel, and below:  Abstract: Isaac Newton famously claimed that hypotheses, i.e., unproved propositions, have no place in “experimental philosophy.” Maxwell disagreed and proposed three methods that can legitmately be employed when a scientist lacks proof for a theory, or even […]

What is a theory of everything and why should we want one? Peter Achinstein - Nov 14

New Video: Peter Achinstein – What is a theory of everything, and why should we want one?

    Abstract: Scientists and philosophers who seek, or advocate seeking, a “theory of everything” (e.g., string theory, Thomas Nagel’s panpsychic theory, David Chalmers’ “construction of the world”) want to produce a grand, unifying theory that can explain everything on the basis of fundamental laws and constituents of the universe.  Advocates of this idea offer […]

Postdoctoral Fellowships - 3 positions now open. Apply by January 15, 2015

Postdoctoral Fellows Positions – Now Accepting Applications

Three Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Rotman Institute have now opened, and will be accepting applications until January 15, 2015. These positions provide new scholars with a unique opportunity to pursue his or her chosen areas of scholarly research in collaboration with Rotman Institute Members. The Rotman Institute of Philosophy is situated in one of Canada’s […]


Rotman Member Talks at the 2014 HSS/PSA Conference

This week many of our members are heading to Chicago, Illinois to present at the 2014 History of Science Society / Philosophy of Science Association meeting. We’re proud to say we have 1 post doc, 4 graduate students, 5 Western faculty members , and 4 recent Rotman Institute alumni presenting on the following: **Post Doc Daniel J. Hicks has a […]

Inductive Risk and Values in Climate Science

Cross-posted from Je fais, donc je suis I’ve spent this weekend at the Rotman Institute’s big annual conference, this year on climate science. In this post, I want to follow up on an exchange Saturday morning, between Gavin Schmidt and Eric Winsberg. Some quick context: In a 2012 paper, Winsberg applied Heather Douglas’ inductive risk […]