All are invited to attend the official opening of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, beginning at 5 p.m. today in Conron Hall (University College 224).
It will include introductory remarks by Joseph Rotman, Janice Deakin (Western’s provost and vice-president academic), Jane Maienschein (professor and director of the Centre for Biology and Society at Arizona State University) and Charles Weijer (Canada research Chair in Bioethics and director of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy).
The opening coincides with a special talk by this year’s Rotman Institute Lecturer Philip Kitcher (Columbia University), who will speak on the topic of “Science in a Democratic Society.” Kitcher, one of the most influential philosophers of science of the past 20 years, will give a lecture titled “Authority, Responsibility, and Democracy,” which will include a question period. A second lecture, “Alienation and its Dangers,” will be given by Kitcher 3:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22 in 117 North Campus Building.
Both of Kitcher’s lectures, and the institute opening, will be live-streamed – click here to view.