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What It’s Like to Be the Effective Altruist: Limited Empathy

Post by Meghan Winsby As one of the “parents” of the Effective Altruism movement, Peter Singer will speak to Western’s Philosophy department on the subject in two weeks, outlining and defending his views on how to live what he considers a minimally ethical life. To live a fully ethical life, he claims, requires doing “the […]

Algorithms and Complexity in Mathematics, Epistemology and Science Conference: May 6-8, 2015

Anouk Barberousse and Robert Batterman have been added to the ACMES playlist on the Rotman Youtube Channel

Videos of lectures by Anouk Barberousse and Robert Batterman have been uploaded onto the Rotman YouTube channel, and can be found in the ACMES playlist. The Algorithms and Complexity in Mathematics, Epistemology and Science (ACMES) conference was held this past May, here at Western. The final video from this conference, a lecture by Ursula Martin, […]

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Memories of Singer

Over a decade ago, my spouse, Carissa, and I hopped on the Long Island Railway and zipped off to Princeton, New Jersey, to see Peter Singer speak for the first time. The event was an animal rights summit that coincided with the release of Singer’s 2002 edition of Animal Liberation. I have two vivid memories […]

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What are the arguments for and against effective altruism? Peter Singer TED talk & a Boston Review forum

On September 17th, Peter Singer will be delivering the first Rotman lecture of the academic year, entitled, “The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically”. What is effective altruism? Singer explored the topic in his 2013 TED talk, “The why and how of effective altruism”. (NOTE: Starting at […]

Algorithms and Complexity in Mathematics, Epistemology and Science Conference: May 6-8, 2015

Algorithms and Complexity in Mathematics, Epistemology and Science playlist created on Rotman YouTube channel

The Algorithms and Complexity in Mathematics, Epistemology and Science (ACMES) conference was held this past May, here at Western. Invited speakers at the conference included Max Gunzburger, Jesús Sanz-Serna, and Mark Wilson. Videos of each of their lectures have been uploaded onto the Rotman YouTube channel, and can be found in the ACMES playlist. Remaining […]

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#TBT Philip Kitcher’s lectures, “Science in a Democratic Society”, are up on the Rotman YouTube Channel

Have you visited the Rotman Institute YouTube channel lately? All videos have now been sorted into playlists by area, making it much easier to find the content you are looking for. Browse videos on Philosophy of Science, History and Philosophy of Science, Science and Values, and more. And if you have not done so already, […]

Peter Singer: The Most Good You Can Do: Effective Altruism, September 17, 2015

Events for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Events scheduled for the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year have been posted on our re-designed event pages. New this year, event pages include a pre-registration feature. The Rotman Institute is honoured to host a group of acclaimed speakers this year including Peter Singer, David Chalmers, Cordelia Fine, and more. New events are still being added, so […]

2015/16 Events Announced

#TBT Andrew Janiak’s lecture, “Three Concepts of Cause in Newton’s Thought”, is up on the Rotman YouTube Channel

During the 2010/2011 Rotman Institute of Philosophy Speaker Series, Andrew Janiak, of Duke University, delivered a lecture entitled, “Three Concepts of Cause in Newton’s Thought”. His lecture examined how Newton’s assertion that objects spread across space can interact causally is related to his endorsement of the traditional metaphysical concepts of substance and of causation. Video […]

#TBT Kyle Stanford’s lecture, “The Difference Between Ice Cream and Nazis: Evolution and the Emergence of Moral Objectivity”, is up on the Rotman YouTube Channel

Kyle Stanford, of the University of California Irvine, delivered a lecture entitled, “The Difference Between Ice Cream and Nazis: Evolution and the Emergence of Moral Objectivity”, where he examined the evolutionary function of moral projection. This lecture took place on March 4, 2011 as part of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy Speaker Series. Video of […]

#TBT Uriah Kriegel’s lecture, “Experiential Origins of Intentionality”, is up on the Rotman YouTube Channel

During the 2010/2011 Rotman Institute of Philosophy Speaker Series, Uriah Kriegel, of the University of Arizona, delivered a lecture entitled, “Experiential Origins of Intentionality”. Several authors – Loar, McGinn, Strawson, and Horgan, among others – have argued that the intentionality proper to conscious experience is somehow prior to, and grounds, other forms of intentionality. Here […]