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All-London history and philosophy of science: Meetings Lent 2007

Unless otherwise noted, all seminars and events are held in T206 and are open to the public.

JANUARY

Monday, 8 January 5:00-6:30 pm
THE COLLOQUIUM SERIES PHILOSOPHY AND PUBLIC POLICY
John Harris
Manchester (Law) and LSE (Philosophy)
The Social Contract Between Science and Society

Tuesday, 9 January 2:00-4:00 pm
SIGMA CLUB
Jeremy Butterfield and Stephan Hartmann

Harvey Brown
Oxford
Why is General Relativity a Geometric Theory? The Red Shift Argument Revisited

Thursday, 18 January 5:30-7:00 pm
DISSENT IN SCIENCE: ECONOMICS AND IDEOLOGY
Pascal Bridel
Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires Walras-Pareto, Lausanne
The Normative Origins of General Equilibrium Analysis or, Walras's Attempts to Reconcile Economic Efficiency with Political Justice

Monday, 22 January 5:00-6:30 pm
THE COLLOQUIUM SERIES PHILOSOPHY AND PUBLIC POLICY
Eileen Munro
Social Policy, LSE
Can a Concern for Risk Management Be Dangerous?

Tuesday, 23 January 2:00-4:00 pm
POPPER SEMINAR
Stephan Hartmann

TBA

Tuesday, 23 January 5:00-6:30 pm
HISTORY OF POSTWAR SOCIAL SCIENCE SEMINAR
John Brewer

University of Aberdeen
C. Wright Mills, the LSE and the Sociological Imagination|

Tuesday, 30 January 2:00-4:00 pm
SIGMA CLUB
Jeremy Butterfield and Stephan Hartmann
Stephan Hartmann

LSE
Probability and Decoherence

FEBRUARY

Thursday, 1 February 5:30-7:00 pm
DISSENT IN SCIENCE: ECONOMICS AND IDEOLOGY
Robert Wade

Development Studies Institute, LSE
Reining in the World Monetary Non-System

Monday, 5 February 5:00-6:30 pm
THE COLLOQUIUM SERIES PHILOSOPHY AND PUBLIC POLICY
Francesco Guala

Essex
TBA
Venue: Room G1 (Kingsway)

Monday, 5 February 5:15-7:00 pm (Tea at 4:45 in T116)
THE BRITISH SOCIETY FOR THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Anthony Eagle
Oxford
Location and Mereology

Tuesday, 6 February 5:00-6:30 pm
HISTORY OF POSTWAR SOCIAL SCIENCE SEMINAR
Esther-Mirjam Sent
University of Nijmegen
Some Like It Cold: Thomas Schelling as a Cold Warrior|

Tuesday, 13 February 2:00-4:00 pm
POPPER SEMINAR
Stephan Hartmann
Alan Chalmers

Flinders University
Science vs Philosophy: Lessons from the History of Atomism

Thursday, 15 February 12:30-2:00 pm
FORUM FOR EUROPEAN PHILOSOPHY
DIALOGUES
Gerald (Jerry) Cohen in Conversation with Jonathan Wolff

www.philosophy-forum.org/Dialogues.htm

Thursday 15 February 5:30-7:00 pm
DISSENT IN SCIENCE: ECONOMICS AND IDEOLOGY
Ian Toporowski

SOAS
Realism and Rhetoric: the Case of Monetary Policy for Developing Countries

Monday, 19 February 5:00-6:30 pm
THE COLLOQUIUM SERIES PHILOSOPHY AND PUBLIC POLICY
Anne Baron

Law, LSE and
Alexandra Haines
Copyright lawyer, Buena Vista International
The Relationship Between Copyright and Democracy

Tuesday, 20 February 2:00-4:00 pm
SIGMA CLUB
Jeremy Butterfield
and Stephan Hartmann
Rob Spekkens
Cambridge
Quantum Coherence: Fact or Fiction?

MARCH

Thursday, 1 March 5:30-7:00 pm
DISSENT IN SCIENCE: Economics and Ideology
Athar Hussain

Asia Research Centre, LSE
Chinese Economic Development and Economics

Monday, 5 March 5:15-7:00 pm (Tea at 4:45 in T116)
THE BRITISH SOCIETY FOR THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Alice Drewery

Reading
TBA

Monday, 5 March 5:00-6:30 pm
THE COLLOQUIUM SERIES PHILOSOPHY AND PUBLIC POLICY
Serena Olsaretti
Philosophy, Cambridge
TBA
Venue: Room G1 (Kingsway)

Tuesday, 6 March 2:00-4:00 pm
POPPER SEMINAR
Stephan Hartmann
Michael Otsuka

University College London
Double Effect, Triple Effect, and the Trolley Problem

Tuesday, 6 March 5:00-6:30 pm
HISTORY OF POSTWAR SOCIAL SCIENCE SEMINAR
Adam Kuper

Brunel University
Ernest Gellner: A Philosopher as Anthropologist|

Thursday-Saturday, 8 -10 March
CIS LSE PITTSBURGH CONFERENCE
CONFIRMATION, INDUCTION AND SCIENCE
Thursday, 8 March 2007

Morning: Room G1
9:00-9:15 am  Stephan Hartmann and John Norton: Introduction
9:15-10:00 am    Ernan McMullin: Virtues of a Good Theory
Coffee break
10:30-11:15 am   Vincenzo Crupi, Branden Fitelson and Katya Tentori: Probability, Confirmation, and the Conjunction Fallacy
11:15-12:00 John Norton: Induction without Probabilities
Lunch
Afternoon: Room D202
1:00-2:00 pm Invited Speaker: Malcolm Forster: Is Scientific Reasoning Really that Simple?
2:15-3:00 pm Aris Spanos: The Curve-Fitting Problem, Akaike-Type Model Selection, and the Error Statistical Approach
3:00-3:45 pm Mike Titelbaum: Unlearning What You Have Learned
Coffee break
4:15-5:00 pm Chuang Liu: Confirming Idealized Theories and Scientific Realism
5:00-5:45 pm Nicholaos Jones: Resolving the Bayesian Problem of Idealization
5:45-6:30 pm Daniel Craig: Theory Evaluation

Friday, 9 March 2007
Morning and afternoon: Room G108
9:00-9:45 am Michael Weisberg: Robustness Analysis and the Volterra Principle
9:45-10:30 am Wendy Parker: How to Think about Models and their Evaluation: From Truth to Adequacy-for-Purpose, from Confirmation to Severe Testing
Coffee break
11:00-11:45 am Christopher Pincock: From Sunspots to the Southern Oscillation: Confirming Models of Large-Scale Phenomena in Meteorology
11:45-12:30 am Marcel Weber: The Crux of Crucial Experiments: Confirmation in Molecular Biology
Lunch
2:00-3:00 pm Invited Speaker: Philip Dawid: Bold Induction
3:15-4:00 pm Robert G. Hudson: Robustness vs. Model Independence
4:00-4:45 pm Leah Henderson: Hierarchical Bayesian Models in Philosophy of Science
Coffee break
5:15-6:00 pm Jiji Zhang: Detective of Unfaithfulness and Robust Causal Inference
6:00-6.45 pm Jagdish Hattiangadi: On the True Method of Induction

Saturday, 10 March 2007
Morning and afternoon: Room D404
9:00-9:45 am Jon Williamson: Objective Bayesianism as Scientific Confirmation
9:45-10:30 am Frederick Eberhardt (Winner of the Best Graduate Paper Award): Reliability via Synthetic A Priori - Reichenbach's Doctoral Thesis on Probability
Coffee break
11:00-11:45 am Juha Saatsi: 'Material Theory of Induction' and Scientific Realism
11:45-12:30 am Lilia Gurova: A Plea for a Moderate Anti-Justificationism
Lunch
2:00-2:45 Deborah G. Mayo: How to Discount Double-Counting When it Counts: Some Clarifications
2:45-3:30 Kent W. Staley: Can Error-Statistical Inference Function Securely?
Coffee Break
4:00-4:45 Renato Kinouchi: Peirce in the Long Run: Remarks on Knowledge a Ulteriori
4:45-5:30 Brian Davies: Newton's Concept of Induction
5:30-6:15 Nicholas Maxwell: The Problem of Induction and Metaphysical Assumptions Concerning the Comprehensibility and Knowability of the Universe

Wednesday, 14 March 4:00-7:00 pm
CONTINGENCY AND DISSENT IN SCIENCE SPECIAL DOUBLE SEMINAR
Gregor Betz
Institut für Philosophie, Freie Universität Berlin
What is the range of future scenarios climate policy should be based on? -- Modal falsificationism and its limitations.

Sophia Efstathiou
University of California, San Diego (Philosophy)
Found Science: Founding 'Race' in Science

NB: Venue: H101

Thursday 15 March 5:30-7:00 pm
DISSENT IN SCIENCE: ECONOMICS AND IDEOLOGY
Gabriel Palma

Economics, Cambridge
From Fundamentalism to Idolatry: Why Did Mainstream Economics Switch From the 'Worship of a Concept' (Free Market) to the 'Worship of a Thing' (Mathematics)

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