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Who Needs Darwin?

The relevance of evolutionary theory to the social sciences
Wednesday 20 June, 6pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

In the social sciences, from anthropology to political science, evolutionary psychology is being widely touted by neo-Darwinists as the only game in town. But others beg to differ.

In a public event to mark the 10th anniversary of the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences, Professor Garry Runciman, president elect of the British Academy, and Professor Anthony Giddens, Director of LSE, debate the relevance of Darwinism in the social sciences. LSE's Nick Humphrey will act as chair.

Professor Runciman is on record as claiming that to try to do sociology without reference to the theory of evolution is like trying to do physics without the theory of gravity. In contrast, Professor Anthony Giddens believes that evolutionary theory can at best make modest contributions to the understanding of human society and at worst is likely to be dangerously misleading.

In 1860 a famous debate about Darwinism took place in Oxford between Bishop Samuel Wilberforce and T H Huxley. On that occasion, Huxley won hands down. This debate at LSE, between two of today's leading social theorists, can be thought of as a return match. No one is betting on the outcome.

The debate will be held on Wednesday 20 June at 6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE. The event is free and open to all, no ticket is required.


Journalists are invited to this debate. For further information or to reserve a press seat please contact Susanne Baker, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email pressoffice@lse.ac.uk|

14 June 2001