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23 November: Sandra Lapointe

“What Does It Mean For A Philosopher To Have Impact?” 

Abstract: There’s increasing pressure on academics to engage in their community. But what does this mean for experts whose specialisation lies in the most esoteric branches of philosophy, from formal ontology to the history of logic? Does your scholarly input and research ever inform change in the real world and should you care if it doesn’t? I want to argue that there is something wrong with existing models for academic impact and that the solution does not rest in more pressure on individual academics but in creating meaningful outlets for large scale engagement as well as the relevant incentive structure within our institutions. I present The Collaborative, the McMaster-led partnership I am leading, as one such outlet. —>