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Congratulations to Francesco Lucia, winner of the Chair's Annual Essay Prize for 2015-16 for his essay "On the Alleged Inconsistency of Weak Epistemic Egoism”. The paper was written for Professor Sullivan’s PHIL 3501G: Epistemology.

Chris Bosh's Desire to Play Leaves Heat at an Ethical Crossroads

Samantha Brennan comments on the ethically challenging Chris Bosh case in the New York Times. Read more

Scholars named among Royal Society elite

Royal Society 2016Charles Weijer, Philosophy and Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, has been named among the nation's top scholars in the arts, humanities, and sciences by the Royal Society of Canada. Read more

Physician Assisted Death: Challenges for Social Policy in Canada

Cory Goldstein, Philosophy Ph.D. Candidate, and a member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy comments on physician-assisted death in Western News. Read more

Western Philosophy ranked 38 of Top 50 in QS World University Rankings by Subject Read more

What to make of Barbie's new bod

Tracy de Boer, Ph.D. student in Philosophy and a member of the Rotman Insitute of Philosophy, comments on the new changes to Barbie's body. Read more

Markus Müller named Tier 2 CRC in the Foundation of Physics

Markus Müller, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Applied Mathematics, was recently named Tier 2 CRC in the Foundation of Physics. Read more  

New chair embraces ‘meeting of minds’ 

By Adela Talbot, Western News, January 13, 2016

Tim Bayne is the new chair of the Philosophy of Neuroscience at Western, a post he officially took up in November. Read more

Building families equitably in Ontario

By Carolyn McLeod, Toronto Star, October 30, 2015

The new proposed funding for infertility and adoption in Ontario is clearly inequitable, writes Carolyn McLeod, Dept. of Philosophy at Western. Read more

Chair's Annual Essay Prize Winner

Congratulations to Andrew DiMarco, winner of the Chair's Annual Essay Prize for 2014-15 for his essay "Celebrated Texts of Aristotle: Solving Zeno's Dichotomy". 

A life examined: Joseph Rotman's legacy at Western

For Western Alumni Gazette by Henrik Lagerlund, Charles Weijer & Christopher Smeenk

J. RotmanWestern Chancellor Joseph L. Rotman, BA’57, LLD’09, O.C., a renowned Canadian business mogul and philanthropist, died January 27th in his 80th year in Toronto. As a memorial, Western Philosophy professors Henrik Lagerlund and Charles Weijer, the acting director and former director, respectively, of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, as well as institute member Christopher Smeenk, offer thoughts on the legacy of learning Rotman leaves behind on Western’s campus. Read the full article

Feminist Quarterly Journal Launched

August 01, 2015- A new online, open access, peer-reviewed journal called Feminist Philosophy Quarterly (FPQ) has just launched. Edited by Samantha Brennan (Philosophy/Women's Studies), this initiative is dedicated to promoting feminist philosophical scholarship and strives to be a platform for philosophical research that engages the problems of our time in the broader world. Read the full article

Skelton: Firing may be severe, but not unreasonable

By Anthony Skelton, Western News, June 18, 2015

Philosophy professor Anthony Skelton weighs in on questions about the public and private self, and an employer’s responsibility to govern the latter at the expense of the former. Read the full article

Western Philosophers listed among most cited worldwide

By Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog, May 28, 2015

Charles Weijer and Stathis Psillos from the Rotman Institute of Philosophy are listed among the top 85 most-cited living philosophers worldwide, according to the popular philosophy blog The Leiter Reports.

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Rotman Institute of Philosophy shares BIG IDEAS

 May 7, 2015 -In this special edition of Western News, members of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy offer up their BIG IDEAS on the questions you’ll be facing tomorrow – and beyond. Read the full article

Weijer interviewed on life support ethics

By Joanne Faryon, inewsource, May 05, 2015

Charles Weijer, Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and member of Rotman Institute of Philosophy, comments on a California medical case involving an unidentified man who as been on life support for the last 15 years. Read the full article

Philosophy cracks global Top 50

April 29, 2015

Western Philosophy was named among the Top 50 programs in the world, according to the 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject, released today. In total, Western programs ranked among the world’s elite institutions in 23 of 36 areas. Read the full article

Anthony Skelton and Barry Hoffmaster interviewed in the Gazette about Euthanasia. Read more

Andrew Botterell is awarded a Bridge Grant from the University for the project: 'Rights & Tort Law: A Canadian Perspective'. Read more

Louis Charland interviewed in the Globe and Mail. Read more

Genoveva Marti publishes Empty Representations: Reference and Non-Existence with OUP

New book by John Bell, Intuitionistic Set Theory

Congratulations to Corey Dyck on winning a SSHRC Insight Grant.

Congratulations to Wayne Myrvold on becoming an Associate Editor of Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics.