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 […]

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 […]

Grant Awarded for Philosophy of Cosmology

Rotman Director, Chris Smeenk, was recently awarded a $205,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation to pursue research on the philosophy of cosmology. Smeenk will serve as principal investigator, along with co-investigators Jim Weatherall and John Manchak, both from the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at UC Irvine. Physical cosmology has made enormous […]

In memory of Dr. Leo Kadanoff

Leo Kadanoff—renowned physicist and beloved teacher—passed away early this week. Here at the Rotman Institute, we benefited greatly from Dr. Kadanoff’s deep knowledge of physics and extensive academic experience. He was a valued member of the Institute’s International Advisory Committee (IAC) from 2008 to 2012. These five years were pivotal for the Institute, and we […]

Anthropics, Selection Effects, and Fine-tuning in Cosmology: A report from an Oxford conference, Dec. 2013

by Yann Benétreau-Dupin   The fourth Oxford mini-course and workshop on the philosophy of cosmology took place last month. It was another event made possible by a grant from the Templeton foundation, which has funded two large projects on the philosophy of cosmology at Rutgers and Oxbridge  (see a previous post on this blog about another such event, the […]

What are the foundational issues in cosmology? A report from the Rutgers-UCSC Summer Institute for the Philosophy of Cosmology

by Yann Benétreau-Dupin and Chris Smeenk   Contemporary cosmology raises a number of philosophical questions, such as the limits of scientific explanations of the origin of the universe and the status of “dark energy” or the “multiverse.” Philosophers have recently turned to these topics, due to their intrinsic interest and the influx of new ideas […]

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 […]