Founded in 1996, BiPED is an interdisciplinary group that brings together faculty, post-docs and students from biology, philosophy and related disciplines to discuss research related to evolution. BiPED meets about once a month, and also sponsors occasional guest lectures or special events.
We are a group of scholars and analytic philosophers devoted to promoting and promulgating the study of all aspects of Descartes' and Cartesian philosophy at The University of Western Ontario. Our interests range broadly, from Descartes' mathematics and natural philosophy to his philosophy of mind and to his ethics. We meet bi-weekly throughout the academic year and much of the summer for round table discussion and critique of members' written work.
With eight philosophers in a variety of fields whose work can be classified in full or in part under the rubric “Feminist Philosophy”, Western is one of only 20 philosophy graduate programs in the English-speaking world recognized by the Philosophical Gourmet as having strength in this area. Recently the group was very active in the organization of the XIV IAPh Symposium 2010: Feminism, Science and Values held at The University of Western Ontario, http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/iaph/. The International Association of Women Philosophers met at The University of Western Ontario in June 2010. It was the organization’s first meeting in Canada and only its second meeting in North America.
The Language and Cognition Research Group is currently composed of academics from Linguistics, Philosophy and Psychology, all of whom are interested in the empirical study of language and cognition, and especially the study of the varied relationships between these two. The group is open to faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students from Western and neighbouring universities.
Moral, Political and Legal Philosophy Research Group
The MPL Research group is composed of faculty and graduate students in philosophy, political science, and law at the University of Western Ontario. MPL members are active in a reading group and in other forums for discussion on campus about ethical, political and legal issues. A new website for this research group is being designed.
The aim of this project is to bring together a group of scholars working on the history of the Achilles argument, on the interpretation of the work of proponents and opponents of that argument (like Bayle, Clarke, and Mendelssohn on the one hand and Locke, Hume and Kant on the other), and on current issues in the study of consciousness.