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Have social theory and postmodernism destroyed social science?

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The Times Higher Education Supplement and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) hold a roundtable debating the current state of social sciences on Monday 18 November at LSE.

Social science is split between enthusiastic supporters of postmodernism, social theory and related developments, and sceptics who instead practice what they believe to be a scientific approach to the study of society. Some hold that science, both natural and social, is an illusion. Others see a place for science, along with more literary and subjective social enquiry. This roundtable will explore the arguments on all sides of this controversy.

Debating the issues are:

  • Peter Abell, professor emeritus at LSE and former director of LSE's Interdisciplinary Institute of Management.
  • Dr Kirsten Campbell, lecturer in sociology at Goldsmiths College.
  • Frank Furedi, professor of sociology at the University of Kent.
  • Nikolas Rose, professor of sociology at LSE and convener of LSE's Sociology Department.
  • Edward W Soja, professor of planning at the University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Max Steuer, reader emeritus at LSE and attached to the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS).

Laurie Taylor, visiting professor in the department of sociology and politics at Birkbeck College, will chair this debate.

Have Social Theory and Postmodernism Destroyed Social Science? is on Monday 18 October at 6.30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To request a press seat for this event, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Press cuttings

THES (15 October 04)
P 18-19. Has postmodernism killed social science? 1
Article by Max Steuer, Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science at LSE. He is one of six academics taking part in a Times Higher roundtable debate at LSE, on 18 October. (No direct link)

THES (15 October 04)
P 18-19. Has postmodernism killed social science? 2
Article by Huw Richards. Reference to LSE. (No direct link)

12 October 2004

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