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Metaphysics: The Good, The Bad, and The Harmful?

September 28, 2017

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Recently I began a postdoctoral research position at the University of Calgary with the project From Biological Practice to Scientific Metaphysics.  I (along with Oliver Lean) was asked to present Amanda Bryant’s paper entitled, “Keep the chickens cooped: the epistemic inadequacy of free range metaphysics” (2017) as part of a graduate seminar taught by Ken […]

CFP: Western Canadian Philosophical Association

June 15, 2017

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I am very pleased to announce that the 54th meeting of the Western Canadian Philosophical Association (with CSEP-SCEP) will be held in my hometown university, the University of Regina from October 13th to 15th, 2017.  Having completed my undergraduate degree there, I have fond memories of the Department of Philosophy and Classics in Regina including […]

Teaching as a Grad Student: Philosophy of Science

January 25, 2017

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Thanks to Aaron for starting this series. There are particular challenges that grad students might face as instructors, some of which I imagine are exclusive to grad students, whereas others could probably be generalized to new professors on the track. And perhaps in my case, grad students, new professors on the track, and maybe even […]

Call for Applications: A Summer Program in Philosophy of Science for Underrepresented Groups

December 22, 2016

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Recently the Center for Philosophy of Science released a call for applications for the Pittsburgh Summer Program: A Summer Program in Philosophy of Science for Underrepresented Groups.  This will take place from July 10th to July 14th, 2017. Applications are due March 1st. Notably, costs concerning housing, meals, and transportation will be covered. A CV, […]

Kinds and Classification: Why the Gun Control and Canine Profiling Analogy Breaks Down

October 14, 2016

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Though this post is partly in response to comments on my previous post concerning breed specific legislation from  Mike Steiner, a fellow APT contributor, this is now, in effect, also a response to Yvevs Boisvert’s post for the Globe and Mail. Now is a timely moment to discuss the analogy between pit bulls and guns […]

CFA: Scientific Knowledge Under Pluralism

October 11, 2016

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Below is a call for abstracts for a conference concerning the consequences of pluralism for scientific knowledge.  The deadline is November 20th.  Looks to be a timely topic given the nature of research occurring at UCalgary and elsewhere.  Check it out! -Alison Scientific Knowledge Under Pluralism 31 March – 1 April 2017 Center for Philosophy […]

New Contributor: Celso Neto

September 17, 2016

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I’m pleased to introduce our new contributor, and my very good friend, Celso Neto.  I first met Celso at a workshop last summer in Gut Siggen, Germany  called “Superorganisms, Organisms, and Suborganisms as Biological Individuals: Individuality in the Life Sciences.”  It was at this workshop I learned of his great interest in the concept of […]