PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Teaching SRPOS: University of Waterloo PhD in Applied Philosophy

The University of Waterloo is launching a new PhD in Applied Philosophy. The PhD in Applied Philosophy is a research degree that requires the completion of course work, comprehensive research areas, a prospectus and a dissertation project. The novel feature of this degree is that students complete an Applied Research Placement at a host organization (e.g., non-profit, hospital, business, government agency). Areas of research specialization include Science and Society; Ethics, Justice and Social Policy; and Interdisciplinary topics. We envision that philosophy of science-related research projects will be on science policy, public understanding of science and technology, values in science, feminist philosophy of science, and the social structure of scientific communities, as well as philosophy of biology, physics, and cognitive science. As an example of one type of project that could be undertaken, during a recent internship at an architecture firm, one of our students examined philosophical constructions of life and living as they apply to a cutting-edge technique called ‘near-living’ architecture. The poster will present information about this new PhD program to two audiences: (1) prospective students and faculty advisers, and (2) those interested in developing similar programs at their own institutions.

Author Information:

Doreen Fraser    
Philosophy
University of Waterloo

Teresa Branch-Smith    
Philosophy
University of Waterloo

Heather Douglas    
Philosophy
University of Waterloo

Carla Fehr    
Philosophy
University of Waterloo

Patricia Marino    
Philosophy
University of Waterloo

Kathryn Plaisance    
Knowledge Integration and Philosophy
University of Waterloo

 

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