Department of PhilosophyWestern Arts and Humanities

Awards and Distinctions

2013 Vanier Scholar

Andrew Peterson

petersonBy building bridges between the humanities and sciences, Andrew Peterson hopes to address pressing conceptual problems head on. A member of both the Rotman Institute of Philosophy and the Brain and Mind Institute, Peterson analyzes the ethical and epistemological problems related to the use of brain-computer interfaces in patients with acquired brain injuries.

“Questions regarding the verification of decision-making capacity in this patient group, assessment of a patient’s ability to experience pain and the disclosure of diagnostic information to patients’ families have presented difficult conceptual challenges for scientists working in this field,” he said.

The belief is solutions to these issues not only require the historical strengths of philosophy in identifying and clarifying important questions, but also an understanding how the problems arise in the course of scientific practice. The goal is that novel solutions will be produced that have a direct and measurable impact on the lives of brain injured patients and their families.


2012 Royal Society of Canada

staintonCongratulations to Rob Stainton who has been elected as a Class of 2012 Fellow in the Royal Society of Canada, The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of CanadaRead more 


2012 Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar Fellowship

lagerlundHenrik Lagerlund, Department of Philosophy 

Henrik Lagerlund is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, as well as a member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy. Lagerlund is the editor of the book series Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind, as well as editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy, which is widely considered to be the most comprehensive reference work in medieval philosophy. Lagerlund is currently working on a project entitled The Mechanization of Philosophy. This collaborative project, which looks at mechanical philosophy in the seventeenth century, supports a larger objective of bridging the gap between medieval and early modern philosophy. In the near future, Lagerlund also plans to continue research on Arabic logic, as well as the history of Scandinavian philosophy. Personal website