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Dead, Or Dead Enough? Ethical Challenges Associated with Providing Life-Sustaining Treatment after ‘Neurological Death.’

by Mackenzie Graham, Ph.D The recent case of a Brampton woman declared ‘brain dead’ by physicians —but whose family maintains that she is still alive— presents a number of challenging ethical issues, including how we define ‘death’, and the duty of care between patients and physicians. Taquisha McKitty was admitted to a Brampton hospital on [...]

2017-10-24T10:55:59+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Biomedical Ethics, Philosophy of Ethics|

Alison Gopnik: When children are better learners than adults are: Theory formation, causal models, and the evolution of learning.

ABSTRACT In the past 15 years, we have discovered that even young children are adept at inferring causal relationship. But are there differences in the ways that younger children, older children and adults learn? And do socioeconomic status and culture make a difference? I will present several studies showing a surprising pattern. Not only can [...]

2017-11-24T10:42:16+00:00 September 29th, 2017|

Alison Gopnik: The Gardener and the Carpenter: What developmental science tells us about relations between parents and children.

In this Rotman Lecture, co-sponsored with Western Alumni and the London Public Library, renowned author Alison Gopnik asks us to think about parenting as a relationship. ABSTRACT Caring deeply about our children is part of what makes us human. Yet the thing we call "parenting" is a surprisingly new invention. In the past thirty years, [...]

2017-11-24T10:39:54+00:00 September 28th, 2017|

Remaining videos from Cosmology and the Future of Spacetime Conference

Remaining videos from the 2017 Annual Rotman Conference, Cosmology and the Future of Spacetime, have been published. The complete conference playlist can be found on our YouTube channel. Videos of all Rotman Institute of Philosophy events can be viewed on our YouTube channel--subscribe to be notified whenever new videos are added. Tessa Baker (University of [...]

2017-07-06T08:58:42+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Events, Philosophy of Cosmology, Philosophy of Physics|

Videos from Cosmology and the Future of Spacetime Conference

The 2017 Annual Rotman Conference, Cosmology and the Future of Spacetime, was held here at Western from June 12-14. We are very pleased to shared videos from the first five talks--we'll have more to share later this week. In addition to these videos, a photo album from the conference can be viewed on our Flickr [...]

2017-08-18T11:05:15+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Events, Philosophy of Cosmology, Philosophy of Physics|

June 2017 Member News and Updates

This month, members of the Rotman Institute hosted three annual conferences: the Rotman 2017 Annual Conference, Cosmology and the Future of Spacetime; the 2017 Philosophy of Logic, Mathematics, and Physics Graduate Conference (LMP); and the 2017 PhilMiLCog Graduate Student Conference. In addition to these events, other member activities for the month are listed below in [...]

2017-11-28T12:45:51+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Members|

2017 Philosophy of Logic Math and Physics Graduate Student Conference

Join us on June 15-16, 2017 for the seventeenth annual Philosophy of Logic, Math and Physics (LMP) graduate student conference in philosophy at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. The LMP Graduate Student Conference will bring together philosophers of logic, mathematics, and physics for two days of presentations and discussions with some of the leaders in these fields. We are [...]

2017-08-15T17:29:12+00:00 June 15th, 2017|