Rotman members have delivered several talks, and participated in conferences and colloquia throughout the month — including the 2016 American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting. Listed below are the APA 2016 program sessions that include Rotman members, followed by additional events (shown in alphabetical order) for the month of March.
- 2016 American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting (March 30 – April 3):
Mar 30 – Society for Philosophy and Disability, Session 1
Topic: Reading the Minds of Severely Brain-Injured Persons
Chair: Charles Weijer (Western University)
Speakers: Lorina Naci (Western University), Title TBA
Sara Goering (University of Washington) “Disability and Severe Brain Injury”
Andrew Peterson (Western University) “Ethical Challenges to Neuroimaging Communication”
Anita Silvers (San Francisco State University) “Personhood After Severe Brain Injury”
April 1 – Invited Symposium: Children and Autonomy
Chair: Colin Macleod (University of Victoria)
Speakers: Samantha Brennan (Western University) “Exploitation, Autonomy, and the Rights of Children”
Amy Mullin (University of Toronto)
Commentators: Marilea Bramer (Minnesota State University Moorhead)
Robert Noggle (Central Michigan University)
April 2 – Book Symposium: Gillian Barker, Beyond Biofatalism: Human Nature for an Evolving World
Chair: Bruce Glymour (Kansas State University)
Speakers: Steve Downes (University of Utah)
Marion Hourdequin (Colorado College)
Jay Odenbaugh (Lewis & Clark College)
Gillian Barker (Western University)
- Professor Samantha Brennan was featured in the March 30th Examining Ethics podcast titled, To Be a Parent…Or Not. The episode is devoted to Prof. Brennan’s new book, Permissible Progeny: The Morality of Procreation and Parenting, and also includes co-editor, Sarah Hannan.
- Professor Stathis Psillos delivered an invited talk titled, ‘From the Evidence of History to the History of Evidence: Re-thinking the Pessimistic Induction’, at The History of Science and Contemporary Scientific Realism Conference, hosted by the Department of Philosophy, Indiana University–Purdue University on February 19-21, 2016.
- Stathis Psillos delivered the Keynote Address, ‘Induction and Natural Necessities’, at the GWP.2016 (German Society for Philosophy of Science), hosted by the Düsseldorf Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (DCLPS) at the Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf, on March 8-11, 2016.
- Stathis Psillos presented, ‘Representing is Perspectival, the Represented is Not’, at the Workshop on Relativism in Epistemology and the Philosophy of Science, on March 16, 2016, at the University of Edinburgh. Video of his talk can be seen here.
- Associate Rotman Director Anthony Skelton gave a colloquium talk on Effective Altruism at the Oakland University Department of Philosophy on March 11th.
- Anthony Skelton delivered a lecture on March 22nd titled, Euthanasia: The Ethics of Assisted Death to seniors as part of Western’s Senior Alumni Program. Western’s award-winning Senior Alumni Program is the largest, longest running lecture series in Canada. Video of his lecture has been posted to the Western University YouTube channel.
- Anthony Skelton’s paper, The Ethical Principles of Effective Altruism: A Discussion of Peter Singer’s The Most Good You Can Do, is forthcoming in the Journal of Global Ethics.
- Last month, a video seminar by Professor Charles Weijer was posted to the homepage of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The seminar, Research Ethics 101: The Ethical Conduct of Research, addresses the history of research ethics, presents a contemporary ethical framework, and discusses its application to differing kinds of research studies.
- On March 3rd, Rotman Director Chris Smeenk gave a colloquium talk titled, Gaining Access to the Early Universe at The Program in History & Philosophy of Science at Stanford University.
Pictured above: Stathis Psillos presents ‘From the Evidence of History to the History of Evidence: Re-thinking the Pessimistic Induction’ at The History of Science and Contemporary Scientific Realism Conference.