Thermodynamics as a Resource Theory: 2018 Annual Philosophy of Physics Conference

The Revolution will be thermalized. Recently, there has been a shift in the way that many physicists are approaching the science of thermodynamics. Instead of regarding its laws as purely physical laws, researchers are increasingly treating the theory as a theory about how agents, such as ourselves, can use information about a physical system as [...]

2018-10-17T12:21:30+00:00June 20th, 2018|

2018 PhilMiLCog Graduate Student Conference

PhilMiLCog is a three-day graduate conference with a broad and interdisciplinary scope.  The conference, now in its 16th year, is recognized as one of the top philosophy graduate conferences in North America, synthesizing research from the Philosophy of Mind, Language, and Cognitive Science, including psychology, linguistics, evolution, and computer science. PhilMiLCog provides an opportunity for graduate students with common interests from [...]

2018-10-17T13:33:15+00:00June 14th, 2018|

May 2018 Member News & Updates

On May 4, Rob Corless was invited to give the opening talk at the Southern Ontario Numerical Analysis Day at the University of Toronto. He spoke on "Optimal Backward Error and The Leaky Bucket". Eunice Chan also attended, and gave a talk titled, "Algebraic Linearizations of Matrix Polynomials". Professor Kenyan Wu, of Chongqing U and the Chinese Academy [...]

2018-07-19T12:49:04+00:00June 4th, 2018|Members, Rotman News|

Rotman Institute Member Sessions at Congress 2018

This year's Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences was held at the University of Regina. Separate sessions for the Canadian Philosophical Association and the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics will be held at the beginning of June at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Rotman Institute members took part in numerous sessions held in [...]

2018-06-01T13:31:06+00:00May 31st, 2018|Members, Rotman News|

April 2018 Member News & Updates

This month Western celebrated the official opening of our new building, the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building. In addition to the Rotman Institute, the WIRB hosts the Brain and Mind Institute, BrainsCAN, dry laboratories, a public plaza, and teaching & research space. Members of the Western and London communities attended the opening ceremony, including Kate Young, [...]

2018-07-19T12:47:54+00:00May 14th, 2018|Members, Rotman News|

Should human enhancement be a moral imperative? An interview with Julian Savulescu

by Meghan Winsby Julian Savulescu is Director of the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, Professor of Practical Ethics, and Fellow of St Cross College. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Ethics, and the author of over 250 publications, including 2012’s Unfit for the Future: The Need for Moral [...]

2018-04-16T10:24:29+00:00April 16th, 2018|Philosophy of Ethics, Science and Society|

March 2018 Member News & Updates

The month of March was packed with Rotman speaker events! Over the course of the month we hosted Jenann Ismael, Ned Block, Stathis Psillos, Julian Savulescu, and Laura Franklin-Hall as part of our annual speaker series. We also hosted a public panel discussion at Wolf Hall that included Françoise Baylis, David Edgell, Julian Savulescu, and Anthony [...]

2018-07-19T12:46:42+00:00April 4th, 2018|Members, Rotman News|

2nd annual Philosophical Photography Contest Winner

After launching a very successful photo contest last year, the Rotman Institute was honoured (and excited!) to hold our 2nd Annual Philosophical Photography Contest. As before, people were invited to submit photos that managed to capture an abstract philosophical concept in a creative way. This year we received submissions that tackled a range [...]

2018-03-27T15:06:54+00:00March 26th, 2018|Rotman News|

Laura Franklin-Hall: The Animal Sexes as Queer Kinds

ABSTRACT Though biologists identify organisms as ‘male’ and ‘female’ across a broad range of animal species—in the pipefish, orb spider, quokka, and king quail—the particular traits enjoyed by males and females can vary tremendously. This diversity has led some to conclude that the trans-animal sexes—males, of whatever animal species, and females likewise—have “little or no [...]

2018-04-05T12:11:28+00:00March 23rd, 2018|

Julian Savulescu: The Science and Ethics of Human Enhancement

ABSTRACT Scandal after scandal has revealed that sport has been experimenting with human enhancement on a massive scale. These are among the most high-profile cases. But in fact human enhancement technologies influence all aspects of life. From students and professionals taking modafinil to enhance cognition, focus and drive, to evidence that SSRIs (anti-depressants) affect moral [...]

2018-10-17T11:26:12+00:00March 15th, 2018|