2017 John Locke Workshop, Toleration: Its Epistemic and Anthropological
The Western Philosophy Department, along with the Western Political Science and Columbia Philosophy departments, hosted the 2017 edition of the John Locke Workshop. This year's theme was Toleration: Its Epistemic and Anthropological
An international line-up of distinguished scholars from Philosophy, Political Science, and Religious Studies programs met over the course of three days to discuss the origins of Locke's thinking about toleration and the background to his famous
A second significant topic of discussion was the importance of Locke's conception of human nature, enthusiasm, and the workings of the human mind in driving his judgment toward toleration as a public policy. One of the additional highlights of the workshop was the presentation of two heretofore unknown Locke manuscripts (both discovered in North American library holdings) that are directly connected to the composition of Locke's 1667 Essay concerning Toleration and his early explorations of the toleration debates.
Descriptions of each of the sessions can be found on the blog at thejohnlockesociety.com/blog/ (thanks go out to Western's Alastair Crosby for blogging during the workshop!). Entertainment during the workshop included an excursion to the Stratford Festival to see Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. We'd like to thank the following members of the local scholarly community
New Honors Specializations in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE)The Departments of Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics are pleased to announce the introduction of two new PPE (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics) modules, to be launched in the 2018-19 academic year; interested incoming students will need to take the required first-year courses in AY 2017-18.
The new PPE modules are composed of two distinct streams: PPE-E, which emphasizes Economics; and PPE-P, which emphasizes Philosophy and Political Science. Details of the modules can be found on the websites of the Departments of Political Science and Economics. General questions about the PPE program should be directed to the PPE Director, Professor Terry Sicular (Economics). Specific questions about Philosophy course selections for the PPE module can be directed to Professor Andrew Botterell (Philosophy).
Professor William George Demopoulos, 1943 - 2017
After a distinguished career as a philosopher, teacher, and mentor, William (Bill) Demopoulos died on May 29th, 2017. Read more here.
By Scientia Halensis, May 16, 2017
Corey Dyck was recently interviewed on his Humboldt Fellowship research project and his research on women philosophers in Halle (in German). Read more here.
Brennan: Why I didn’t protest Jordan Peterson’s visit but newspaper coverage almost makes me wish I did
By Samantha Brennan, Western News, March 30, 2017
Samantha Brennan writes about Jordan Peterson's recent visit to the Western campus. Read more here.
By Tara Filipovich, Western News, March 16, 2017Western professors Tracy Isaacs and Samantha Brennan were recently nominated as one of OptiMYz magazine’s Top 100 Health Influencers. Their blog, Fit is A Feminist Issue, was ranked fifth for its positive messages and community discussion around issues related to fitness and health. Read more here.
By The Guardian, March 8, 2017
Western University named among the top 50 universities in the world for philosophy, as ranked by higher education data specialists QS. Read more here.
James Overton (Ph.D. Philosophy 2012) speaks with Phil Skills about his change from academia to scientific ontologies
James Overton (
By Julia Beltrano, Western News, February 9, 2017Samantha Brennan speaks with Western News about her recent Ask Me Anything on Reddit, "It’s important for all academics to engage with the public about our work and our ideas, not just philosophers. But I do think philosophers have both a special obligation and a special ability to engage with the public since we are concerned with issues everyone thinks about to some degree." Read the article here.
By Editors Hall Post, Halle Post, January 31, 2017
Corey Dyck participated in the founding of the 'Christian Wolff Society for the Philosophy of the Enlightenment' in Halle, Germany. Read the article here.
By Nicole Fice, Cory Goldstein, Austin Horn, Western News, January 25, 2017
Ph.D. students, Nicole Fice, Cory Goldstein and Austin Horn,
By Roger Collier, CMAJ, January 10, 2017
Samantha Brennan comments on the difficult position team physicians face when dealing with sports team injuries. Read the full article here.
recognizing their exceptional efforts and contributions. In order to receive
Tracy Isaacs and Samantha Brennan speak with Canadian Living about what it means to be fit and who gets to claim the title. Read the full article here.
Spring 2017 Reddit Ask me Anything (AMA) featuring Samantha Brennan
Samantha Brennan will be a guest on the Reddit Philosophy subforum Ask me Anything (AMA) on January 25th at 2:00 pm. After an excellent series of AMAs in Fall 2016, the moderators of r/philosophy are continuing this spring with another series of AMAs by professional philosophers. If you'd like to check out all the previous AMAs done on /r/philosophy please visit the Wiki page here. Full details can be found here.
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.
By Samantha Brennan, New York Times, September 27, 2016
Samantha Brennan comments on the ethically challenging Chris Bosh case in the New York Times. Read more.
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, 2016Tracey de Boer
By Media Relations, February 9, 2016
Markus Muller, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Applied Mathematics, was recently named Tier 2 CRC in the Foundation of Physics. Read more
By Adela Talbot, Western News, January 13, 2016