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Forum for European Philosophy
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London School of Economics & Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE


Tel 0207 955 7539
Email: Philosophy-Forum@lse.ac.uk


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Forum for European Philosophy

FEPThe Forum is an educational charity which organises and runs a full and varied programme of philosophy and interdisciplinary events in the UK. Our events take various forms but we studiously avoid academic papers. Formats we like include dialogues, panel discussions, public lectures and provocations, all of which are open to the public and most of which are free.   

The Forum Summer 2015 Programme is now online.

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The Folly of Crowds?

Thursday 25 June, 6.30 – 8pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Peter Ayton, Professor of Psychology, City University, London

Sepideh Bazazi, Researcher at the Centre on Animal Cognition, DYNACTOM, Université Paul Sabatier

Chris Frith, Psychologist and Emeritus Professor at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, University College London

Chair: Bahador Bahrami, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL

Mind sharing, crowdsourcing, online ratings – in our modern world we are constantly exposed to the opinion of the group. We are told that crowds are wise (‘Two heads are better than one’ Ecclesiastes 4:9-12) and are cautioned against the madness of the mobs (‘Too many cooks spoil the broth’). When is the crowd wise and when is it prone to madness?

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEcrowds

On Free Speech

Speakers: Dr Lisa Appignanesi, Professor Rae Langton, Dr Stephen Law,  Professor Peter McDonald

Recorded on: 2 June 2015

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Is Politics Based on Morality? 

Speakers: Dr Fabienne PeterProfessor Catherine RowettDr Stephen de Wijze 
In coversation withProfessor Geoffrey Hawthorn 
Recorded on: 27 April 2015 

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European Politics and Government 

Speakers: Professor Jonathan HolslagDr Mareike Kleine 
Recorded on: 11 March 2015 

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Political Economy of European Union 

Speakers: Professor Bob HanckéProfessor David Soskice 
Recorded on: 11 March 2015 

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Disintegrating Europe: Nationalism, Regionalism and Globalization 

Speakers: Prof John Breuilly and Prof Kalypso Nicolaïdis 
Recorded on: 11 March 2015 

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Reconnecting Europe: bridging the gap between European citizens and European institutions 

Speaker: Joaquín Almunia, Welcome by Luc Luyten 
Recorded on: 11 March 2015 

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On Civil Disobedience 

Speaker: Dr Kimberley Brownlee 
Recorded on: 5 March 2015 

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Gender and the Brain 

Speakers: Professor John DupréProfessor Gina Rippon 
Recorded on: 2 March 2015 

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Literary Festival 2015: Is There Life in the Novel of Ideas? 

Speakers: Professor Peter BoxallJennie ErdalAndrew O’Hagan 
Recorded on: 28 February 2015 

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Literary Festival 2015: The Human Age? Art and Identity in the Anthropocene 

Speakers: Dr Matthew GriffithsGaia VinceDr Kathryn Yusoff 
Recorded on: 28 February 2015 

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Literary Festival 2015: The Soul of the Marionette: a short inquiry into human freedom 

Speaker: Professor John Gray 
Recorded on: 25 February 2015 

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Philosophy, the Public and Other Subjects 

Speaker: Professor Simon Glendinning 
Recorded on: 10 February 2015 

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On Informed Consent 

Speakers: Professor Baroness O’NeillProfessor Jonathan Wolff 
Recorded on: 9 February 2015 

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On Truth 

Speakers: Professor Simon BlackburnProfessor Pascal Engel 
Recorded on: 2 February 2015 

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What Is Rationality, Anyway? 

Speaker: Dr Peter Dennis 
Recorded on: 13 January 2015 

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Questions of Identity 

Speakers: Professor Vincent DescombesAlan Montefiore 
Recorded on: 11 December 2014 

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Accelerate Europe: the geographical imaginaries of accelerationism 

Speaker: Dr Benjamin Noys 
Recorded on: 4 December 2014 

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Ethics Matters in Climate Change 

Speaker: Professor John Broome 
Recorded on: 1 December 2014 

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On Progress and Human Development 

Speakers: Professor Paul AnandCatherine AudardProfessor Jonathan Wolff 
Recorded on: 27 November 2014 

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Ethics Matters in the Family 

Speaker: Professor Adam Swift 
Recorded on: 13 November 2014 

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Food Policy: ethics for your kitchen and beyond

Speakers: Professor Luc BovensElena Rivilla LutterkortDuncan Williamson
Recorded on: 4 November 2014

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Do We Need to Shake Up the Social Sciences? 

Speakers: Professor Nicholas ChristakisProfessor Patrick Dunleavy
Dr Amanda GoodallProfessor Andrew Oswald 
Recorded on: 21 October 2014 

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Rationality and Irrationality in Government 

Speaker: Professor Cass Sunstein 
In conversation withDr Tali Sharot 
Recorded on: 16 October 2014 

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