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 you’re attending this year’s congress, we invite you to attend these sessions and learn about the some of the exciting philosophical work being done by our members.

Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Congress 2016

CPA programmeabstracts and descriptions of symposia can be accessed from the CPA website.

Sunday, May 29

9:00 – 10:00  Balancing the Harms of Sex Selection: A Case for Adoption (SH 278) Mary Stephensen
10:15 – 11:15  Animal Rights and the Problem of r-Strategists (SH 278) Christopher Shirreff (chair)
11:30 – 12:30  The Ethical Principles of Effective Altruism (SH 215) Anthony Skelton
 On Supposed Moral Counterexamples (SH 278) Christopher Shirreff
Mary Stephensen (chair)

Monday, May 30

11:30 – 12:30  Fiduciary Duties to Future Persons (SH 284) Emma Ryman
15:15 – 16:15  Moral Spectrums: Evil, Wrongdoing, and the Ethics of Care (SH 280) Samantha Brennan
16:30 – 17:30  Originating at the Edge of Essence: A Sceptical Puzzle (and a solution)
(SH 278)
Emma Ryman (chair)

Tuesday, May 31

9:00 – 10:00   Understanding Vows (SH 268) Sessional Essay Prize Alida Liberman
14:00 – 16:30   Gwen Bradford’s Achievement de Gwen Bradford (SH 268) Book Panel Anthony Skelton (organiser)
Meghan Winsby
14:00 – 14:40   Biological Levers and Knowledge in Nonhuman Species (SH 274) Frédéric-Ismaël Banville
14:55 – 15:35   Moral Ignorance and Evidence One Could Have Had (SH 274) Frédéric-Ismaël Banville (chair)

Wednesday, June 1

9:00 – 12:30 CPA Equity Committee: Decolonizing Philosophy (SH 274) Veromi Arsiradam (organizer)
14:00 – 14:40   Situationist Moral Theory and Foucault (SH 274) Daniel Booth (chair)
  Causal Heterogeneity and the Final Common Pathway Model (SH 280) Anthony Skelton (chair)
14:55 – 15:35   In Defence of a ‘Dimensioned’ Subset Account of Realization (SH 274) Daniel Booth
15:15 – 16:15   Objective Goods, Beneficial Lives, and Morality (SH 215) Anthony Skelton (commentator)

Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science Annual Meeting

View the CSHPS programme.

Saturday, May 28

10:30 – 12:00  Aristotle and the Essentialism Story (ICT 114) Justin Bzovy
Can Scientific Models Explain? (ICT 116) Erlantz Etxeberria
13:30 – 15:00 On the meaning of social-ecological “coevolution” (ICT 116) Eric Desjardins
15:15 – 16:45 The Search for Kuhn-loss: A New Strategy for HPS (ICT 114) Jamie Shaw
PHILOSOPHY OF ECOLOGY (ICT 116) Eric Desjardins (chair)

Sunday, May 29

15:15 – 16:45 Mathematical Physics is Intuitionistic (ICT 121) Jared Richards
17:00 – 18:30 DRAKE LECTURE: Values and Voluntarism Revisited (ICT 121) Kathleen Okruhlik

Monday, May 30

8:45 – 10:15 The absent body in psychiatric classification, diagnosis, and treatment (ICT 114) Catherine Stinson
(Neo-)Kantian Frameworks for the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (ICT 116) Michael Cuffaro
10:30 – 12:00 COGNITIVE SCIENCES (ICT 114) Catherine Stinson (chair)
Replying to the grain argument against multiple realization based
on the human language abilities
(ICT 114)
Daniel Booth
How Nomological is the Quantum State in Quantum Field Theory? (ICT 116) Thomas De Saegher
13:30 – 15:00 Einstein, Millikan and Quantum Theory: The Evidential Import of the
Photoelectric Effect
(ICT 116)
Molly Kao

The Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics 2016 Annual Meeting

View the CSHPM programme.

Monday, May 30

11:30-12:00 Quantum Reflections on Computational Complexity (Kinesiology B-133) Michael Cuffaro

Tuesday, May 31

11:30-12:00 Category Theory for the Philosophy of Mathematics (Kinesiology B-133) Jared Richards

Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics

View the CSSPE programme.

Sunday, May 29

9:45 – 10:30 Fiduciary Duties in Commercial Surrogacy Emma Ryman

Monday, May 30

13:15 – 14:00 Wrongness, Responsibility and Conscientious Refusal in Health Care Alida Liberman

In addition to these sessions with current Rotman members, institute alumni will be participating in this year’s congress: Guillaume Beaulac, Patrick Clipsham, and Kerry McKenzie. We look forward to hearing from these alumni, and the research they’ve conducted since their time here with us.

Best wishes to all the participants and attendees of this year’s Congress!

Pictured above: Calgary, AB (image credit Jeff Wallace)