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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 2014 Programme| is now online.

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On the Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in Science

Thursday 1 May, 6.30 – 8pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE  

Steven French|, Professor of Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds
Eleanor Knox|, Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, King's College London
Mairi Sakellariadou|, Professor of Theoretical Physics, King's College London

Chair: Bryan Roberts|, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, LSE and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow

Galileo famously wrote that natural philosophy is ‘written in the language of mathematics’. Four hundred years later, the great physicist Eugene Wigner puzzled over why. Why is it that abstract pieces of mathematics, like an imaginary number, often later turn out to be surprisingly effective in describing concrete aspects of the natural world? In this event, philosopher of science Steven French and theoretical physicist Mairi Sakellariadou will comment on Wigner’s question, and then join a discussion on the issue with philosopher of physics Eleanor Knox.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEscience    



HowTheLightGetsIn|, the philosophy festival at Hay, is back. Bringing together world-leading intellectuals including Bernard-Henri Levy, Nancy Cartwright, Hubert Dreyfus, Roger Penrose, Mary Midgley, and David Nutt for an unashamedly highbrow programme of debates and talks, we’re uncovering the new heresies that might become the truths of the future.

On Tuesday 27th May, FEP Director Simon Glendinning will appear alongside Thomas Pogge, Ted Honderich, and Janne Teller in Out of Sight, Out Of Mind, a panel debate exploring the ethics of personal alliances. Is the truly moral course to regard distance and personal connection as irrelevant? Or would this result in a callous disregard for those most important to us?

For more information about Out of Sight, Out of Mind or to buy tickets to the festival, visit www.howthelightgetsin.org| 


Autumn 2013  - Spring 2014

Hypotheses on Europe and the Twentieth Century|

Speaker: Professor Denis Guénoun
Recorded on: 6 March 2014

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Understanding the World: religious and secular perspectives|

Speakers: Dr Arthur Bradley, Kenan Malik
Recorded on: 1 March 2014

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Understanding the Self|


Speakers: Mary Midgley, Jonathan Rée, Professor Raymond Tallis
Recorded on: 28 February 2014


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On Exploitation|

Speakers: Professor Hillel Steiner, Dr Nicholas Vrousalis
Recorded on: 20 February 2014

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Ethics Matters in War|

Speakers: Professor Cecile Fabre, Professor Jeff McMahan
Recorded on: 13 February 2014

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Plato Between the Teeth of the Beast: animals and democracy in tomorrow's Europe
Speaker: Dr Richard Iveson
Recorded on: 11 February 2014

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Justice in Finance|

Speaker: Dr Gabriel Wollner
Recorded on: 4 February 2014

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The Ethics of 'Nudge'
Speakers: Professor George Loewenstein, Samuel Nguyen, Professor Drazen Prelec
Recorded on: 27 January 2014

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The Ethics of the Cognitive Sciences: what can the brain tell us about the mind?|

Speakers: Professor Ray Dolan, Dr Peter Hacker, Professor Nikolas Rose
Recorded on: 20 January 2014

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Measuring Happiness?|

Speakers: Professor Paul Dolan, Professor Elaine Fox, Professor Andrew Oswald, Ben Page
Recorded on: 15 January 2014

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Zhang Shizhao: A Forgotten Theorist of Social Change|

Speaker: Dr Leigh Jenco
Recorded on: 9 December 2013

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The Open Society as an Enemy|

Speaker: Professor Jason McKenzie Alexander
Recorded on: 3 December 2013

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Metaphor and Crisis in Freud and Derrida|

Speaker: Dr Nina Morgan
Recorded on: 26 November 2013 

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The Ethics of the Cognitive Sciences: children's pathologies – how do we think about children’s mental health? |

Speakers: Dr Rachel Cooper, Professor Eileen Munro, Professor Emily Simonoff 
Recorded on: 19 November 2013   

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The Ethics of the Cognitive Sciences: privacy and respect for persons|

Speakers: Professor Roger Brownsword, Dr Sarah Edwards, Dr Sarah Richmond
Recorded on: 13 November 2013

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Climate Justice vis-à-vis Global Justice
Speaker: Dr Katie Steele
Recorded on: 5 November 2013

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Virtue Ethics|

Speakers: Professor Constantine Sandis, Professor Brad Hooker
Recorded on: 15 October 2013

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The Nature of Existence|

Speaker: Professor Tim Crane
Recorded on: 8 October 2013

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