Teaching Philosophy of Science with Games

Rotman Institute of Philosophy resident member Jessey Wright recently received an American Association of Philosophy Teachers Grant for Innovations in Teaching for a project, titled “A Game-Based Tool for Introducing Philosophy of Science Suitable for All Ages” that began two years ago as part of the institute’s K-12 Outreach program. We asked him to briefly […]

Rotman Institute at the Philosophy of Science Association Biennial Meeting 2016

Again this year, Rotman Institute faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and alumni are presenting on a number of topics at the biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA). The conference takes place from November 2 – 6, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. Beyond presenting papers, Institute members are also presenting research posters related […]

July Member News and Updates

While the institute has quieted down for the summer, our members have still been quite busy. For one Rotman member in particular, we have two very exciting announcements. Please join us in congratulating Justin Bzovy who just began a limited term appointment at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. In addition to his new position, […]

Interview with Alida Liberman

This post is the first in our weekly series of interviews with the Rotman Institute’s postdoctoral fellows. These interviews are accessible introductions to the scholarship and to the service done by each postdoc. Rotman postdocs are a vital part of the life of the Institute and we hope that these interviews will give our readers a sense of the […]

Update on ‘How Can the History and Philosophy of Science Contribute to Science Teaching?’

Two years ago, this blog featured a series of posts about how the history and philosophy of science (HPS) can contribute to science education: Broadening the goals of science education, by Reuven Brandt, Improving scientific literacy through improved critical thinking skills, by Melissa Jacquart,  How to include HPS in science education standards?, by myself, and […]

Rotman Summer Institute 2014

Causal Powers in Science: Blending Historical and Conceptual Perspectives Each year the Rotman Summer Institute brings graduate students together with exceptional faculty from around the world to focus on a topic of special interest where philosophy and science meet and interact. This year’s Institute brings together philosophers of science and metaphysicians with historians of philosophy […]

Canada-Israel Symposium: Brain Plasticity, Learning and Education

By Jessey Wright On June 15th and 16th, 2013 the Brain and Mind Institute at the University of Western Ontario hosted a symposium, the seeds for which were sown at the signing of a research agreement between the Royal Society of Canada and the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities less than a year ago. […]

Women in Science, Philosophy, and Education: An Interview With Rotman Doctoral Entrance Scholar, Melissa Jacquart

In 2012, the Rotman Institute of Philosophy provided Rotman Doctoral Entrance Scholarships, valued at $10,000, to two incoming PhD students with a proposed research focus related to philosophy of science. Rotman Doctoral Entrance Scholars are selected on the basis of exceptional academic merit, high research potential, and a record of engaging the public through service and […]

The Elsevier Boycott, Academic Publishing and the Future of Copyright – Nicholas McGinnis

Predatory pricing practices and support of draconian copyright ‘reforms’ have led to a boycott of academic publisher Elsevier, boycott which has been gathering a significant amount of momentum: about 3,000 academics have pledged to neither publish, referee, or do editorial work for journals associated with Elsevier (this article from the Guardian offers further background). The […]