Panel Discussion – Editing the Human Genome: The Ethics of Moulding our Future

ABSTRACT The groundbreaking discovery of the gene-editing tool known as CRISPR allows scientists to precisely, efficiently, and cheaply modify the human genome. This may provide us with the power to cure disease and to unlock the secrets of early human development. It might, in the future, allow us to modify humans in directions that we now only [...]

2018-10-17T11:21:28+00:00March 14th, 2018|

Stathis Psillos: From natures to laws of nature

ABSTRACT The key claim of this talk will be that the conception of nature as being governed by natural laws is thoroughly modern. It arose mostly in the natural philosophy of Rene Descartes and was meant to replace natural powers as principles of change and of connection among distinct existences. This new conception of laws of nature required the [...]

2018-03-29T13:07:17+00:00March 8th, 2018|

Ned Block: How to think about the border between seeing and thinking?

ABSTRACT Seeing and thinking are of course different, but is there a fundamental basis for the difference and if so, what is it?  This talk will argue that perception is iconic in format and non-conceptual and non-propositional in content.  Further, this way of drawing the border between perception and cognition holds even if cognitive penetration [...]

2018-10-17T13:33:26+00:00March 7th, 2018|

Jenann Ismael: The link between time, totality, and determinism (or why the problem of determinism is really the problem of fatalism)

ABSTRACT The problem of fatalism was around long before relativity, but gained affirmation in many peoples minds from Relativity. Relativistic theories confront us with a vision of the universe from a temporally transcendent standpoint, i.e., one that treats time as an internal parameter in the universe composed of events. The problem of determinism also had [...]

2018-03-29T11:55:35+00:00March 2nd, 2018|

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+00:00February 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 [...]

2018-10-16T11:26:02+00:00January 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+00:00January 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+00:00December 22nd, 2017|Graduate Students, Members|