2020 Member Awards & Special Achievements

2020 brought forth many challenges, but with the academic term coming to an end we'd like to highlight some special achievements from our members this past year. One of our graduate student members successfully defended his doctoral thesis this year: Jiangtian Li (supervised by Rob Stainton) defended his PhD thesis tilted “On Polysemy: A Philosophical, Psycholinguistic, [...]

2020-12-18T13:59:17-05:00December 18th, 2020|Members|

November 2020 Member News & Updates

The institute’s annual public library lecture series took place this month. All talks were given virtually via Zoom. This year’s series, titled "Responsibilities to Others", featured engaging talks by Samir Okasha, Tracy Isaacs, Anthony Skelton, and Maneesha Deckha. The series included discussions about the evolution of altruism, moral responsibilities, how moral philosophy might assist us in thinking about whether we ought to mandate [...]

2020-12-03T13:43:57-05:00December 3rd, 2020|Members|

September & October 2020 Member News & Updates

September marked the start of a new academic year. Faculty and staff worked hard preparing the return to campus and making sure students have the best experience while staying safe and healthy. Faculty and students have been adapting to virtual classes and department staff have been working on putting together virtual events for this year. [...]

2020-11-10T16:19:53-05:00November 10th, 2020|Members|

Towards a Mutualist Understanding of the Mind: An Interview with Ed Baggs

Ed Baggs joined the Rotman Institute of Philosophy as a postdoctoral fellow in fall 2019. His work focuses on embodied approaches in cognitive science, including ecological psychology, dynamic systems theory, and enactivism. This virtual interview was conducted by Eric Desjardins & is part of a series of interviews of all of our current postdocs. More [...]

2020-09-21T11:44:53-04:00September 21st, 2020|PostDoctoral Fellows|

2020 Call for Graduate Student Applications

The Rotman Institute of Philosophy is currently inviting graduate students to apply for membership. The Institute’s mission is to catalyze and lead the production of interdisciplinary research by uniting philosophers with scientists, policy makers and the general public. Our open-concept, collaborative work space is housed in the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building, along with the Brain and Mind [...]

2020-09-03T09:22:57-04:00September 3rd, 2020|Rotman News|

The Intersection of Particle Physics and Cosmology: Interview with Adam Koberinski

Adam Koberinski has worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow on the New Directions in Philosophy of Cosmology research project, under Chris Smeenk, for the past year. His research focuses on the intersection of particle physics and cosmology. Laura Cardozo conducted this virtual interview with Adam to learn more about his research and what sparked his interest [...]

Annotated Bibliography on 16th Century Natural Philosophy: Rotman GRA Project

By Benjamin Hill James Mackey (MA, Western expected 2020) was assigned to me for a Rotman Summer Graduate Research Assistantship. Our project was to create in Zotero an annotated bibliography of recent work (works published since 2015) on 16th century natural philosophy. As many of you know well, the 16th century saw the birth of [...]

2020-07-23T09:51:53-04:00July 23rd, 2020|Graduate Students, GRAs, Philosophy of Science|

May & June 2020 Member News & Updates

This bi-monthly post begins with exciting news from a couple of our members. First off, we are excited to announce that Jess Du Toit received a Varnier Canada Graduate Scholarship, 2020-2023. The Vanier Scholarship recognizes students with outstanding academic achievement, research potential and leadership. In addition to this award, a few of our faculty members [...]

2020-07-09T11:33:18-04:00July 9th, 2020|Members|

Forging Connections Between Economics & Philosophy: Interview with Rebecca Livernois

Rebecca Livernois joined the Rotman Institute as a postdoctoral fellow in the fall of 2019. In her work she highlights the conceptual and methodological shortcomings of mainstream environmental economics and carries this over to an examination of economic policies that are intended to address environmental problems. Eric Desjardins conducted this virtual interview with her to [...]

2020-06-25T11:00:05-04:00June 25th, 2020|PostDoctoral Fellows|
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