Call for papers and abstracts: Feminism, Philosophy, and Engaging the Public: Theory, Policy, and Practice
The conference will feature a workshop from feminist philosophers involved in policy. We welcome submissions about the variety of ways that feminist philosophers engage the public whether that’s through blogging and social media, taking part in policy decisions, philosophy cafes, or through activism. More information can be found here.
By Tracy de Boer, Western News, November 17, 2016
Tracy de Boer, comments on finding hope after the 2016 Presidential election results. Read more.
By Tracy de Boer, Western News, October 26, 2016
Tracy de Boer, a Ph.D. student in Philosophy, asks the question, "Is this generation 'soft'?" in the latest issue of the Western News. Read more.
Feminist Philosophy Quarterly (FPQ) has just released their newest issue, Volume 2, Issue 2 (2016) Fall 2016. FPQ 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 it here.
2015-16 Chair's Annual Essay Prize
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.
The Departmental newsletter for Winter 2017 has been released featuring the latest publications, presented papers and upcoming events. Read more.
By Jason Winders, Western News, September 1, 2016
Charles 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.
By James Purtill, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, July 23, 2016
Louis Charland shares views about disorders and addictions being treated as passions. Read more.
By Tracy DeBoer, Western News, May 11, 2016
Tracey de Boer, a Philosophy Ph.D. candidate, comments on the Jian Ghomeshi acquittal. Read more.
With their brains not maturing until their mid-20s, it’s time to use a different approach to life and learning with our young men
By Henrik Lagerlund and Erika Simpson, London Free Press, May 09, 2016
Henrik Lagerlund and Erika Simpson, Political Science, recommend a different approach to life and learning with young men. Read more.
CBC Ideas, May 04, 2016
Andrew Peterson, a Philosophy Ph.D. student, discusses the ethics of medical research on
By Cory Goldstein, Rotman Institue, April 5, 2016
Western Philosophy program named among global elite
By Jason Winders, Western News, March 21, 2016
Western Philosophy ranked 38 of Top 50 in QS World University Rankings by Subject Read more
By Tracey de Boer, Western News, March 9, 2016
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By Chris Smeenk, Western News, November 19, 2015
Chris Smeenk celebrates the centenary of Einstein's discovery of a new theory of gravity- general relativity. Einstein's achievement required perseverance and enormous creativity, as he struggled over a rough and winding road for eight years to formulate the theory. Read more.
By Craig Fox, Western News, November 19, 2015
Craig Fox writes about celebrating Einstein's discoveries. Read more.
By Carolyn McLeod, Toronto Star, October 30, 2015
2014-15 Chair's Annual Essay Prize
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".
By Henrik Lagerlund, Charles Weijer & Christopher Smeenk, Western Alumni Gazette, Spring 2015
Western Chancellor Joseph L. Rotman, BA’57, LLD’09, O.C., a renowned Canadian business mogul
August 01, 2015
By Anthony Skelton, Western News, June 18, 2015
By Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog, May 28, 2015
By Jason Winders, Western News, May 07, 2015
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By Jason Winders, Western News, April 29, 2015
By Julian Uzielli, Western News, February 26, 2015
Henrik Lagerlund, "The problems with the food industry cut across, of course, being a vegetarian or vegan. Because part of the problem is the labour issue. Even if you just eat salad, at least if you eat salad coming from the grocery store, you're still buying into this conventional food system." Read more.
By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, February 24, 2015
Charles Weijer comments on skepticism and opposition to science. Read
Andrew Botterell is awarded a Bridge Grant from the University for the project: 'Rights & Tort Law: A Canadian Perspective". Read more.
By Andrew Botterell, Western News, December 11, 2014
Andrew Botterell reflects on the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. Read more.
By Louis Charland, The Globe and Mail, September 14, 2016
Louis Charland challenges conventional ways of thinking about the illness with a theory involving archaic ideas about torturous passions and their power to take over mind, body, and soul. Read more.
By Adela Talbot, Western News, November 21, 2013
Philosophy professor David Bourget is the director of the new Centre for Digital Philosophy at Western. With a mission of advancing philosophical research through technology, the center maintains and develops online tools and services that are widely used by philosophers. Read more.
By Paul Mayne, Western News, November 13, 2013
Western professor Stathis Psillos, recruited from the University of Athens, has been named the Rotman Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Science. Part of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Psillos is a leading philosopher in examining aspects of scientific realism. Read more.
Philosophy Professor Charles Weijer comments on Hassan Rasouli case
Charles Weijer, Canadian Research Chair in Bioethics and member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, was recently asked to comment on the Hassan Rasouli case on CTV News, Global News, and Maclean's Magazine.
By Samantha Brennan, Western News, January 24, 2013
As a philosopher whose main area of research is ethics, and as a cyclist, I’m saddened, angered and intellectually puzzled by Lance Armstrong’s behaviour and recent confession. Like many, I’ve followed his career closely. It’s a compelling saga, triathlete turned Tour de France champion seven times over, with a life-threatening battle with cancer along the way. In the past, I believed Armstrong when he said he was clean, when time after time he denied accusations of doping, and when he said he was the victim of...Read
By Adela Talbot, Western News April 19, 2012
Imagine being able to write your own academic ticket to an Ivy League school of your choice. That’s just what Emily Kress was able to do. Thanks to Western’s Initiative for Scholarly Excellence, the 21-year-old got a head start to her post-secondary studies. Read
by Paul Mayne, Western News June 7, 2012
Matthew Leisinger came more than 4,000 kilometers from his hometown of Prince George, B.C., to earn an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Western. So what're another 1,000 kilometers – especially when he’ll find himself walking the hallowed halls of Yale University this fall? Read more
by Communications Staff, August 27, 2012
A paper by Western Philosophy professor Wayne Myrvold, a member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, has been named among the 10 Best Papers of 2011 by Philosopher’s Annual. Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics: A Maxwellian View was published in Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, Vol. 42.l. Read more
by Andrew Peterson and Lorina Naci, Western News, December 13, 2012
Imagine that a close family member of yours was involved in a terrible car accident. The accident caused a traumatic brain injury that, despite the best efforts of physicians, has left your family member with a nebulous prognosis and severely diminished levels of consciousness. The attending neurologist explains to you that your family member has received a diagnosis of vegetative state — a disorder of consciousness characterized by cycles of wakefulness without concomitant awareness. Read more