Department of PhilosophyWestern Arts and Humanities


quartzKaren Hunter Quartz’s “interesting story of failure” has led to a chance at success for hundreds of kids in one of the most disadvantaged areas of Los Angeles. Read more in Western Alumni Gazette Fall 2014 issue

freemanWendy Freeman, BA'87, was recently promoted to president of CTV News. Read more

rotmanJoseph Rotman, businessman and philanthropist, Chancellor of Western University

Born in Toronto, Rotman earned a BA from Western in 1957 and an M.Comm. from the University of Toronto in 1960. During 1960-61, he studied at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in the Ph.D. program. He was awarded an honorary LLD from Western in 2009. The Rotman Institute of Philosophy – Engaging Science, based within Western’s internationally-ranked Department of Philosophy, is named in his honour.  

shivaVandana Shiva, PhD '78, physicist and philosopher of science, environmental activist and anti-globalization author

The seeds of alumna Vandana Shiva’s future were planted four decades ago in the thinning forests of the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand, India.

On March 24, 1974, generations of frustration over resource pillaging in that region culminated in a grassroots effort to save both trees and a way of life from disappearing. On that day, the women simply linked arms and refused to let go. Read more in the Fall 2011 issue of Alumni Western Gazette

abramsKevin Abrams, BA '94, Asst. GM for New York Giants 

Safe to say Kevin Abrams’ dream job didn’t just fall into his lap.A high school player with a love for football, Abrams, BA’94 (Philosophy), tried to walk-on with the Western Mustangs in his first year at university. He didn’t make the cut. But that doesn’t seem to matter today. Funny what two Super Bowl trophies can do for a guy.
Read more from the Fall 2012 issue of Alumni Westen Gazette

barthAaron Barth, PhD '08, Principal Dialectic Strategies

Aaron Barth launched Dialectic Strategies in 2010 to offer workshops on critical-thinking skills to organizations. Barth uses his training in philosophy to help prepare 21st century executives for managing a modern business.
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