Teaching Philosophy of Science with Games

Rotman Institute of Philosophy resident member Jessey Wright recently received an American Association of Philosophy Teachers Grant for Innovations in Teaching for a project, titled “A Game-Based Tool for Introducing Philosophy of Science Suitable for All Ages” that began two years ago as part of the institute’s K-12 Outreach program. We asked him to briefly [...]

2016-10-31T08:43:26-04:00October 31st, 2016|Education, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy teaching|

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|

Interview with Fermín Fulda

This is the fourth post in our our weekly series of interviews with the Rotman Institute's postdoctoral fellows. Last week's interview with Catherine Stinson can be found here. Tommaso Bruni's interview can be found here, and Alida Liberman's interview can be found here. Fermín Fulda is a postdoctoral fellow at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy. He graduated [...]

Inductive Risk and Values in Climate Science

Cross-posted from Je fais, donc je suisI’ve spent this weekend at the Rotman Institute’s big annual conference, this year on climate science. In this post, I want to follow up on an exchange Saturday morning, between Gavin Schmidt and Eric Winsberg.Some quick context: In a 2012 paper, Winsberg applied Heather Douglas’ inductive risk argument to [...]

Future Approaches for Philosophy of Biology

The Calgary Summit of Philosophers of Science hosted by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Calgary  is quickly approaching. This meeting of philosophers of biology from throughout Canada will be focused on Future Approaches for Philosophy of Biology. In addition to a series of discussions, the Summit will also include something relatively new to [...]

2014-09-15T14:41:39-04:00September 15th, 2014|Events, Graduate Students, Philosophy of Biology|

New video: Rotman Institute Lecturer Bas van Fraassen, “The Semantic Approach to Science, After 50 Years”

What is a scientific theory? How does it get empirical meaning? What are its linguistic status and formal characteristics? 50 years ago, the advent of the semantic view of scientific theory marked a departure from the 'received view' or syntactic approach, according to which a theory is given by a system of axioms (definitions and [...]

2014-04-12T17:39:51-04:00April 14th, 2014|Events, Philosophy of Science|

What are the foundational issues in cosmology? A report from the Rutgers-UCSC Summer Institute for the Philosophy of Cosmology

by Yann Benétreau-Dupin and Chris Smeenk   Contemporary cosmology raises a number of philosophical questions, such as the limits of scientific explanations of the origin of the universe and the status of “dark energy” or the “multiverse.” Philosophers have recently turned to these topics, due to their intrinsic interest and the influx of new ideas [...]

Canada-Israel Symposium: Brain Plasticity, Learning and Education

By Jessey Wright On June 15th and 16th, 2013 the Brain and Mind Institute at the University of Western Ontario hosted a symposium, the seeds for which were sown at the signing of a research agreement between the Royal Society of Canada and the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities less than a year ago. [...]

The first conference of the German Society for Philosophy of Science (by Alex Manafu)

In March 2013 the German Society for Philosophy of Science/Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftsphilosophie (GWP) held its first meeting. It is somewhat of a sociological puzzle why a country with such a rich tradition in philosophy of science did not have (up until now, that is) a society dedicated to the field. The overarching conference theme was How [...]

How to include the history and philosophy of science (HPS) in science education standards? (by Yann Benétreau-Dupin)

  BU Conference: “How HPS can contribute to science education” 4/5 Defining what place HPS should take in official guidelines is not an easy task. But it is of primary importance, and academics have a role to play in it. In the context of U.S. primary and secondary education, a national framework (pdf) provides guidelines [...]

2013-10-25T21:03:51-04:00February 14th, 2013|Philosophy of Science, Science Education|
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