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|

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 [...]

2018-11-02T11:50:24+00:00January 10th, 2018|Members, 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|

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+00:00November 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+00:00November 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+00:00November 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+00:00November 6th, 2017|Members|

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+00:00October 24th, 2017|Biomedical Ethics, Philosophy of Ethics|