Congratulations to the 2016 Rotman PhD Graduates

With the conclusion of 2016, the Rotman Institute would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and achievements of some of our graduate student members. This year a total of seven students successfully defended their doctoral theses. Their names, and the titles of their dissertations are listed below. Top row (left to [...]

2016-12-21T10:13:24-05:00December 21st, 2016|Rotman News|

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? Since the Rotman Institute was founded in 2008, we've collected an array of photos. [...]

2018-03-27T13:49:57-04:00November 17th, 2016|Rotman News|

Brian Leiter Updates Philosophy Department Rankings for Fall 2016

Every few years, the Philosophical Gourmet Report assesses philosophy departments around the world, as well as the various areas of philosophical specialization. In fall 2016, Brian Leiter (who along with Berit Brogaard, edits the report) did a less formal update to these rankings based on faculty changes since the publication of the most recent report [...]

2016-10-18T10:06:44-04:00October 18th, 2016|Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Science, Rotman News|

New Portrait of Joseph Rotman to be unveiled at McIntosh Gallery

The McIntosh Gallery at Western University opens a new exhibition this evening titled, Portraits, self and others (it's complicated). A new portrait of Joseph Rotman, whose generous donation led to the creation of the Rotman Institute, will be included in the exhibition. From the McIntosh Gallery description of the exhibition: A highlight of the exhibition [...]

2016-09-22T11:50:03-04:00September 22nd, 2016|Rotman News|

Current openings at the Rotman Institute

We are very excited to announce two openings at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy -- a Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Philosophy of Science, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Foundations of Physics. Please help us share the news of these opportunities! Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Philosophy of Science We are currently accepting [...]

2016-08-17T11:48:14-04:00August 16th, 2016|Rotman News|

Rotman Institute Member Sessions at Congress 2016

The annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, now in its 85th year, begins this weekend. This year's congress is being hosted by the University of Calgary. Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from the Rotman Institute will be participating in the congress. Listed below are the many sessions that include Rotman members. If [...]

2016-05-26T14:04:48-04:00May 26th, 2016|Rotman News|

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 [...]

2016-04-25T10:14:36-04:00April 25th, 2016|Philosophy of Cosmology, Rotman News|

Rotman Institute of Philosophy Entrance Scholarships

By Amy Wuest The philosophy program at Western University is internationally ranked, both as an overall department and within a number of specialties, namely feminist philosophy, the philosophy of science, the philosophy of physics, the history of analytic philosophy, and others. At the Rotman Institute of Philosophy students have the opportunity to pursue these topics [...]

2018-01-05T08:29:10-05:00December 16th, 2015|Rotman News|

In Memory of Cesare Romagnoli

A Remembrance by Dr. James A. Overton: Dr. Cesare Romagnoli died last week after a long fight with cancer. He was a radiologist by vocation, a philosopher by disposition, a member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy by invitation, and a good friend by innate talent. I cannot do justice to the complex person that [...]

2015-11-12T11:43:56-05:00November 4th, 2015|Rotman News|

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 [...]

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