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Lakatos Award winner to speak at LSE

Professor James Woodward, winner of the 2006 Lakatos Award and professor at the California Institute of Technology, will give a public lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Thursday 4 May.

The issue of obtaining evidence for causal relationships between particular variables X and Y is a vital one, both for ordinary life and for the social and biological sciences. Does the MMR vaccine cause increased rates of autism or is it merely 'accidentally' associated with it? Is poverty a cause of crime or only associated with it? This lecture argues that the sensitivity of a causal relationship is an important key to understanding here.

Professor James Woodward is based at the California Institute of Technology. He was awarded the 2005 Lakatos Award for his book Making Things Happen: a theory of causal explanation.

Professor Nancy Cartwright, LSE, will chair this event.

Sensitive and Insensitive Causation is on Thursday 4 May 2006 at 5.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all.

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

Notes:

The Lakatos Award is given for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, widely interpreted, in the form of a book published in English during the previous six years. It was made possible by a generous endowment from the Latsis Foundation. The Award is in memory of the former LSE professor, Imre Lakatos, and is administered by an international Management Committee organised from the LSE. Click here| for more information.

26 April 2006

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