Kristina Biniek recently gave a paper, “The Transcendent Soul of the Phaedrus?” to the West Coast Plato Workshop. The workshop was held at UCSD and the program is here.
The Faculty Support for Research in Education (FSRE) Grant Advisory Committee recently awarded funding for a research proposal submitted by Charles Weijer (Department of Philosophy; Department of Medicine; Director, Rotman Institute of Science and Values), Lorelei Lingard (Department of Medicine), and Christopher Watling (Department of Clinical and Neurological Sciences).
The research project is entitled “The hidden curriculum around patients who are ‘taking up beds’: Towards a deeper understanding of the CanMEDS manager and advocate roles,” and will explore a subject of considerable importance to medical resident education within the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at UWO.
Increasingly, acute care hospitals are caring for patients who do not have acute care needs. While the impact of these patients on wait times is well acknowledged, the impact on resident education is unexplored. This research project will use the concept of hidden curriculum to explore how resident learning about the CanMEDS roles of manager and advocate is influenced by their team’s approach to patients perceived as unwanted, unsuited to the team’s expertise, or a drain on their resources.
The Rotman Institute of Science and Values has just selected
two Visiting Fellows for 2010-2011. Both scholars will bring expertise and
knowledge to the institute, and we look forward to working with you both.
Visiting from September to December 2010, Dorothea Olkowski is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Dorothea specializes in feminist theory, phenomenology and contemporary French philosophy, with an interest in Deleuze and Merleau-Ponty. After undergraduate work at the State University of New York at Binghamton, Dorothea completed her M.A. and Ph.D. at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She has previously been a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra. Dorothea’s published works include The Universal (In the Realm of the Sensible) (2006) and Gilles Deleuze and The Ruin of Representation (1999). Dorothea’s research proposal outlines an analysis that begins with comparing the Newtonian worldview with the work of Hume, Locke, and Adam Smith, and follows through to a more contemporary comparison between probability and strains of post-structuralism.
Michael Shaffer, who will be visiting the institute from January to May 2011, is an Associate Professor in Philosophy at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. His primary interests are in philosophy of science, epistemology, and logic, and he also studies philosophy of mathematics. Michael studied at Northern Illinois University DeKalb (B.A., M.A.), and the University of Miami Coral Gables (Ph.D.). He has previously been a Visiting Researcher at the University of Utah and the London School of Economics, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Southern Connecticut State University. In 2001, Michael was editor-in-chief of The Freud Encyclopedia. Michael’s research proposal suggests that many models of scientific theories have failed to consider the important role that idealizations play in the sciences. As an alternative, Michael suggests treating theories that incorporate idealizations as counterfactual conditionals. Michael will explore this issue, among others, while visiting.
May 19th, 2010
See the full program here http://www.uwo.ca/tsc/perspectives_spring_2010.html
Writing to Learn: Using Exploratory Writing in the Undergraduate Classroom
Lee-Anna Sangster (Philosophy)
Though educators tend to use student writing only as a means of
evaluation, this workshop will introduce participants to ways of using
writing as a learning tool. We will discuss the principles behind
exploratory writing, look at examples of exploratory writing
activities, and learn strategies for implementing these activities in
The North American Society for Social Philosophy
Two new Postdoctoral Fellows, Erik Curiel and Trevor Pearce, are joining the Rotman Institute of Science and Values this year. The institute is excited to welcome both scholars, and we all look forward to working with you both.
Erik Curiel will join as the Rotman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow for the 2010-11 academic year. His primary specializations are in Philosophy of Physics and Philosophy of Science, and he also has an expertise in the thought of Plato and Aristotle. After undergraduate work in Physics and Philosophy at Harvard, Erik completed his doctoral work at the University of Chicago in 2005. Erik comes to London, Ontario from the other London, where he was a Fellow in Philosophy at the London School of Economics in 2009-10. Before coming to Western, he will be a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge during the summer.
Workshop: “Science, Facts, and Values”
Department of Philosophy,
May 14-16, 2010 (
Friday, May 14th
8:30 am - 9:45 am Helen Longino, “Behavioral Science and Policy”
9:45 am - 10:15 am Breakfast Break (in UC 225, two floors up)
10:15 am - 11:30 am Lisa Gannett, “Objectivity and Population Genomics Research”
11:30 am - 12:45 pm Andrew Reynolds, “Metaphors and Values in Cell Biology”
12:45pm - 2:00 pm Lunch (in
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Torsten Wilholt, “Trust in Science: The Social Epistemology of Conventional Standards”
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm Lee Smolin, “Science as an Ethical Community”
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Reception (UC 225): Sponsored by The J.L.Rotman Institute of Science and Values.
Saturday, May 15th
8:30 am - 9:45 am Alison Wylie, “Archaeological Facts and Non-Archaeological Values: How to Implement Collective Ideals and Why it Matters Epistemically”
9:45 am - 10:15 am Breakfast Break (in UC 225)
10:15 am - 11:30 am Hugh Lacey, “The Controversy about Transgenics: Interplay of Scientific Research and Value Commitments”
11:30 am - 12:45 pm Heather Douglas, “A Tale of Two Distinctions”
12:45pm - 2:00 pm Lunch (in
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Martin Carrier, “Values and Objectivity in Science: Value-ladenness, Pluralism and the Epistemic Attitude”
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm Janet Kourany, “Freedom of Research and the Public Good”
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Reception (UC 225)
Sunday, May 16th
8:30 am - 9:00 am Light Breakfast (in UC 225)
9:00 am - 10:15 am Don Howard, “Science and Social Democracy: Objectivity as a Problem of Social Organization”
10:15 am - 11:30 am John Beatty, “Should We Aim for Consensus/Unanimity in Science?”
This workshop has been made possible by the generous support of
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation through its TransCoop Programme
There is no registration fee for this Workshop, but we do ask people to pre-register so we know how many people to anticipate. If you plan to attend, please email Kathleen Okruhlik: firstname.lastname@example.org , and she will add your name to the list of registrants. If you would like to have lunch in the dining room on Friday and Saturday, please indicate that in your registration email and send a cheque for $25 made out to The University of Western Ontario to:
Department of Philosophy
Bob Batterman has been offered and has accepted an appointment as an Adjunct Research Professor in Philosophy at Western for 5 years, 2010-2015. Such appointments come with no workload implications or renumeration. However, it will allow Bob to continue using his research funding which is based at Western for research purposes including the support of UWO graduate students.