Video Posting – Peter Anstey: Locke on Measurement

This Rotman Lecture concerns John Locke’s practical and theoretical interest in measurement. Locke’s fascination with the measurement of weight, distance, time and monetary value is evident throughout his notebooks, journal and correspondence. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that it features in his philosophical reflections as early as Drafts A and B of the Essay concerning Human Understanding (1671) [...]

2015-06-24T11:20:39+00:00 June 24th, 2015|Events, Philosophy of Science|

Rotman Members among most cited living philosophers

Rotman Institute Members Charles Weijer (Western University) and Stathis Psillos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) were listed among the top 91 most cited living philosophers in an article on Leiter Reports which compiled information from public Google Scholar pages. Weijer was number 54 on the list, with 4,375 citations, and Psillos was 84th, with [...]

2016-07-19T15:28:00+00:00 June 19th, 2015|Biomedical Ethics, Philosophy of Science, Rotman News|

EPR, 80 years on

Wayne C. Myrvold80 years ago, in the May 15, 1935 issue of Physical Review, a remarkable paper was published, whose impact on our thinking about the world has been substantial, in ways that would, perhaps, have astonished the authors. The paper was concerned with a very abstract point about the nature of physical reality. But [...]

2016-01-29T11:51:19+00:00 May 15th, 2015|Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Science|

Public Policy: What Philosophers of Science can Contribute

Reposted from Je fais, donc je suis.  Marks of the form [^2] should be read as footnotes.  I spent last week in Washington, DC, interviewing with about 10 different federal government offices as a finalist for a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship. As you’ll see from those slides, AAAS policy fellows are primarily natural scientists and engineers; [...]

Helen Longino: Individuals or Populations: How Scale Matters

Helen Longino, Stanford UniversityApril 17, 2015 Location: Western University, Chu International Centre, 2N05 International and Graduate Affairs BuildingStart Time: 3:30 pm ESTEnd Time: 5:00 pm EST Download a Poster AbstractThis lecture will explore the difference between studying human behavior as an individual characteristic versus studying it as a group property.Dr. Longino will also be giving this [...]

2015-04-27T09:39:43+00:00 April 27th, 2015|Philosophy of Science|

Perspectives and Pluralities

Helen Longino, Stanford UniversityApril 16, 2015 - April 16, 2015 Location: Western University, 1200 Spencer Engineering BuildingStart Time: 5:00 pm ESTEnd Time: 6:30 pm EST Download a PosterAbstractThis lecture will explore how the same phenomenon assumes different forms from different research perspectives and consequences of this for our understanding of scientific knowledge.

2015-04-24T19:29:41+00:00 April 24th, 2015|Philosophy of Science|

Author Meets Critics: Daniel Steel (Philosophy, Michigan State), Philosophy and the Precautionary Principle

Author Meets Critics:  Daniel Steel (Philosophy, Michigan State), Philosophy and the Precautionary PrincipleFriday, April 24, Stevenson Hall 1145, 2:30-5pmSponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Rotman Institute of Philosophy Professor Steel will give an accessible overview of his recent book, followed by critical commentaries by Rotman Institute members Jessey Wright, Amy Wuest, and Daniel Hicks. [...]

2015-04-10T10:57:30+00:00 April 10th, 2015|Philosophy of Ethics, Philosophy of Science|

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, andWhat must be done [...]

Robert DiSalle: Gravity, Geometry, Philosophy: 100 Years in Einstein’s Universe

Published on Mar 5, 2015 One hundred years ago, in November 1915, Albert Einstein achieved his long-sought theory of gravitation: the General Theory of Relativity. In developing the General Theory, Einstein brought together ideas from philosophy, mathematics, and physics, to create a remarkable new conception of gravity, space, and time. His work is a model [...]

2015-03-05T15:06:09+00:00 March 5th, 2015|Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Science|