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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 […]

Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy: A Question from a Candidate

August 30, 2016

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Since I am entering the job market this year, I recently signed up for the Job Candidate Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy.  Job candidates are paired with junior faculty and can also be grouped with other candidates for peer support.  I’m excited to be a part of this program and glad to see a […]

On Breed Specific Legislation, Public Safety, and Why The Research Matters

July 16, 2016

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There is recent nation-wide attention to animal control issues concerning dogs in Canada.  The target is “pit bulls” or dogs with traits that resemble particular characteristics of breeds included in this generic term.  One common response to serious dog bites and maulings is to lobby for a ban of particular breeds by enacting Breed Specific […]

New Contributor: Mike Steiner

July 13, 2016

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I had the pleasure of meeting Mike during his presentation for UCalgary grads on philosophy and the industry job market.  He shared valuable information concerning how to create a professional resume, explained the transferable skills one gains from philosophy, and ultimately demystified industry job postings and jargon.  Mike’s perspective on how philosophy translates outside of […]

The Art of Presentations

June 13, 2016

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Pat Kelly from the CBC gives an hilariously accurate account of qualities that comprise successful presentations.  The catch line is: “Thought Leader gives a talk that will inspire your thoughts.” Watch the video here. “Let’s look at the picture of the planet for no reason.” I take it that the definition of ‘success’ here simply […]