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January 2018 Member News and Updates

This past month we hosted our first talk since moving into our new office space on campus in the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building. On January 25th, Dr. Gillian Crozier, an Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Canada Research Chair in Environment, Culture and Values at Laurentian University, presented a talk titled Revisiting the Social License [...]

2018-02-08T11:25:02+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Members, Rotman News|

Gillian Crozier: Revisiting the Social License of Zoos & Aquariums in Light of Evolving Social Norms

ABSTRACT Informed by developments in the animal and neurosciences, society is radically reconceiving the norms governing interactions with various nonhuman animals. These sciences increasingly support the view that humans are not the only species with rich mental, social, and emotional lives – a view now working its way into public and science policies, including Canadian [...]

2018-03-29T11:50:50+00:00 January 25th, 2018|

December 2017 Member News & Updates

For the final edition of Rotman member news for 2017, our members have several important updates to share. One exciting announcement regards Derek Oswick who was awarded a 2016 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Doctoral Scholarship. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) recently announced the November 2016 awards on their site here. Please join [...]

2018-01-10T14:58:55+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Rotman News|

Congratulations to the 2017 Rotman PhD Graduates

It's the final day before we depart for the winter break, and before doing so we'd like to take a moment to recognize the three Rotman Institute doctoral students who successfully defended their theses this past year. Their names, along with the titles of their dissertations, are listed below. John Jenkinson - A New Framework for [...]

2017-12-22T12:30:27+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Graduate Students, Members|

Ian Stewart: Restoring ecosystems after oil spills: philosophical considerations and policy implications

ABSTRACT Scientific and technological capacity for understanding and responding to oil spills is currently of great relevance for major infrastructure projects and sustainability goals in the Canadian context (and internationally). Planned expansion of oil and gas development into the Arctic is a case in point, as are pipeline projects linking central and coastal Canada. The [...]

2017-11-16T14:02:27+00:00 November 24th, 2017|

Interview with Dr. Alison Gopnik

by Meghan Winsby Alison Gopnik is professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkley. She researches children’s development and learning, and philosophical problems in the philosophy of mind and morality. She is the author of many academic articles and books, including, for popular consumption, The Philosophical Baby: What Children’s [...]

2018-01-05T15:14:18+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Events, Popular science, Science and Society|

2nd Annual Rotman Institute Philosophical Photography Contest

What would ethical dilemmas look like, if you tried to depict them? How would you attempt to catch the relation between cause and effect on camera? Can the categorical imperative, an Aristotelian ‘tode ti’, or even mathematical intuition itself be photographed? Last year, in recognition of World Philosophy Day, we launched our first ever photo [...]

2018-03-27T13:50:35+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Rotman News|

Are Women Especially Well-Suited to Doing Science?

by Catherine Stinson I’m in my hometown of Ottawa this week for the Canadian Science Policy Conference. Shirtless Justin Trudeau hasn’t photobombed me… yet! But in many ways it has been a very Ottawa experience. There was a keynote by astronaut and Governor General Julie Payette. There was a keynote by Science Advisor Kirsty Duncan. [...]

2017-11-09T11:50:16+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Science and Society|

October 2017 Member News & Updates

News of publications, conference presentations, awards, and outreach activities for the past month are all listed below in alphabetical order. Three Rotman alumni took part in the Super-Pac Early Career Workshop in Philosophy of Astrophysics and Cosmology at The Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh on Oct 27 - 29. Yann Benétreau-Dupin gave [...]

2017-11-06T12:49:36+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Members|