Conference registration date extended – Program online

The deadline date to register for the upcoming Annual Rotman Institute Conference has been extended to October 17, 2014. Registration for Knowledge and Models in Climate Science: Philosophical, Historical, and Scientific Perspectives, which is from October 24-26 in London, Ontario is here. Note that the draft program for the conference is now available on the […]

Babies, Developmental Neuroscience, and Philosophy

The Rotman Institute and Brain and Mind Institute have recently welcomed many new additions into our families. One amazing feature of bringing new babies into the world is to witness, first hand, how our social brains develop, and to reflect on the various philosophical puzzles this information generates. Thankfully, several psychologists, developmental neuroscientists and philosophers have reflected […]


Coffee Break: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

During our last Rotman Coffee Break, hosted by PhD student Emma Ryman, Rotman Members discussed the ethics of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We questioned whether it encouraged people to donate for the wrong reasons, whether there are more effective charities or pressing causes we ought to be donating to instead, or whether all the criticism of the Ice […]

Research Poster about Organisms, History, and the Biological Character Concept by Shari Monner from the Rotman Institute of Philosophy at Western University.

Future Approaches for Philosophy of Biology

The Calgary Summit of Philosophers of Science hosted by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Calgary  is quickly approaching. This meeting of philosophers of biology from throughout Canada will be focused on Future Approaches for Philosophy of Biology. In addition to a series of discussions, the Summit will also include something relatively new to […]

The Science of Climate Change: A three-part crash course - Sept 15, 17, 19

Library Speaker Series on Climate Change: The Philosophical Issues

Library Speaker Series Each October, the Department of Philosophy at Western initiates a public speakers’ series at the London Public Library (Central Branch, 251 Dundas St, Stevenson & Hunt room, 1st Floor). 7:00 p.m.   Fall 2014 Series Climate Change: The Philosophical Issues   October 8, 2014 What Do You Bring to a Street Fight?Wayne […]


Coffee Break: Class Participation

The host of this break was Jessey Wright, who is interested in philosophy of neuroscience, data analysis, new measurement technologies in science and teaching pedagogy.  Jessey asked the attendees what they regard as class participation, why they thought participation was important, if they graded students on participation, and what strategies they had for getting students to participate […]