The start of the fall term is upon us, and we are very excited to introduce three new postdoctoral fellows who have joined the institute. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Justin Donhauser, Mackenzie Graham, and Marc Holman. Individual interviews offering further details on their backgrounds and research interests will be published this fall on our blog.
Listed below, in alphabetical order, are some of the many ways our members have been busy during this final month of summer.
- Samantha Brennan was featured in an APA Member Interview — a regular feature of the APA Blog. Check out the full interview, conducted by Skye Cleary, on Dr. Brennan’s interests both inside and outside of the office.
- In July, Louis Charland held a workshop at the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at The University of Melbourne titled, Passions: Healthy or Unhealthy? His research on treating anorexia nervosa as a passion was the subject of a radio interview: Treating with emotions: The ‘passion theory’ of anorexia.
- Louis Charland wrote a post on the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions blog titled, Why Science Needs “Passion”. This research was also the subject of a radio interview on the University of Melbourne program, Up Close. Listen to the full episode of “Not merely emotion: Reclaiming “passion” as a driver of human behaviour” here.
- Justin Donhauser has two forthcoming publications. Invisible Disagreement: an Inverted Qualia Argument for Realism (in Philosophical Studies), and “The Value of Weather Event Science for Pending Climate Policy Decisions” (forthcoming in Ethics, Policy, & Environment). Both papers can be accessed on Dr. Donhauser’s webpage. (Note that the latter paper provides some background for Andrew Light’s upcoming Rotman lecture, What Happened in Paris? How Differentiation Evolved to Create a Global Climate Agreement).
- Marie Gueguen wrote a guest-post for Science Visions, Dispatches from the Philosophy of Science Association’s Women’s Caucus, titled Putting Modal Understanding to Work.
- Former Rotman postdoc Alida Liberman was awarded the “Young Ethicist Prize” for best paper by a non-tenured philosopher at the Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress. Her paper, “Wrongness, Responsibility, and Conscientious Refusal in Health Care.”, was the first applied ethics paper to win the prize in the 9 years that the conference has been going.
- Anthony Skelton co-presented ‘The argument from achievement and the permissibility of biomedical enhancement’ with Lisa Forsberg at the Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress.
- The latest issue of the Journal of Global Ethics, published in August, is a symposium on “The Most Good You Can Do”, edited by Anthony Skelton. The issue includes articles by Peter Singer (2015 Rotman Public Lecturer), Anthony Skelton, Tracy Issacs (Dept. of Philosophy, Western University), and others.
- Jacqueline Sullivan has a new publication, A Response to: Commentary: Stabilizing Constructs through Collaboration across Different Research Fields as a Way to Foster the Integrative Approach of the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) Project, published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
Pictured above: Rotman faculty member Samantha Brennan, featured in an August APA Member Interview.