The full conference program has now been posted on the Integrating Complexity: Environment and History (ICEH) conference website. Registration for the conference is also now available.
The ICEH conference is an
interdisciplinary conference from October 7-10 being held at the Ivey-Spencer Conference Hotel in London, Ontario, Canada. The two linked workshops will explore a set of challenges to scientific
understanding that spans many fields of the natural and human sciences,
and that has broad implications for research choices, for social
policy, and for scientific understanding. The two workshop themes are
Interaction: Past, Present and Future and Methodology in the
This is an Off-Year Workshop for the
International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies
of Biology, and is sponsored by the Rotman Institute of Science and
Values, and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario.
*Please note that the submissions deadline has been extended to June 30.*
A Graduate Conference for Feminist Philosophers
Feminism, Technology and
the World: Ecological Perspectives
of Western Ontario
CALL FOR PAPERS
aims to bring together graduate students who share an interest in feminism,
post-coloniality, queer theory, critical race theory, philosophy of disability
and anti-oppression theory in general, regardless of their primary area of
Keynote Speaker: We are pleased to announce Lorraine Code, Distinguished Research
Professor Emerita at York University and recipient of the Distinguished Woman
Philosopher Award (2009), as our keynote speaker. Prof. Code’s work explores “ecological thinking as a conceptual
apparatus and regulative principle for a theory of knowledge – an epistemology
– capable of addressing feminist, multicultural, and other postcolonial
are also pleased to announce Gillian
Barker as our faculty keynote speaker.Prof. Barker specializes in philosophy of science and of
biology.She is interested in
ecological conceptions of organism-environment interaction and their
implications for our thinking about agency, normativity and knowledge, and in
ecological psychology as a tool for
transformative learning and action.
invite submissions in any area of
philosophy or feminist theory, that have been influenced by your feminist
commitments broadly construed, including but not limited to:
analysis of information sharing systems and new technologies;
·Social consequences of genetic or biomedical research and treatment;
·Explorations of a human/non-human divide, or personhood generally;
·A discussion of a recent work or emerging political concern;
·Developing interactions between theorists from different cultures;
·Wilderness, the built environment, poverty and politics;
·Environmental disaster and response;
have 30-35 minutes to speak, followed by a 10-minute commentary and a 25-30
minute discussion period.Papers
should be approximately 4000 words.Please include an abstract with your submission of no more then 200
DEADLINE: June 30
Please send your submissions electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.All papers will be evaluated by blind review; identifying information
should appear in a cover letter only.
UWO’s philosophy department has
an established strength in feminist philosophy, philosophy of science, and is
home to the newly formed Rotman Institute for Science and Values.
Just a reminder that every Wednesday the Philosophy Graduate Students Association hosts a talk by one of our own grad students. It's an opportunity for grads to practice giving conference talks, and a way for everyone to find out what their colleagues are up to. The talks are usually Wednesdays, 5:30pm - 6:30pm in TC310. Drinks at the Grad Club follow!
This week's talk is:
Van Fraassen’s Rational Reconstruction of Scientific Activity
Abstract: Van Fraassen presents constructive empiricism as a “doctrine of aim”. What does it really amount to as a philosophical theory and how is it to be evaluated? I claim a doctrine of the aim of science is best understood as a rational reconstruction of scientific activity and identify its criteria of adequacy. In light of the new distinction between phenomena and appearances he introduces in his recent account of scientific representation, I show how identifying the aim of science as a theory-world relation can be supplanted by identifying it simply as a theory-data relation. Since van Fraassen distinguishes between the two relations on the basis that data may not be true, this shows an adequate reconstruction of scientific activity to be consistent with forms of anti-realism that imply scientific statements are literally false or meaningless.