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The Ethical Homeopathic Placebo?

19 June 2018|

Should doctors be allowed to prescribe homeopathic treatments on the NHS? John Worrall looks at the scientific and ethical status of homeopathy.

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    Africana Philosophy and the Social Epistemology of Science: an interview with Liam Kofi Bright

Africana Philosophy and the Social Epistemology of Science: an interview with Liam Kofi Bright

15 May 2018|

Liam Kofi Bright, currently at Carnegie Mellon University, joins LSE Philosophy in September. We thought we’d celebrate his imminent arrival with some questions.

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    Reproductive Choices and Climate Change Part 2: should individuals have fewer children to mitigate climate change?

Reproductive Choices and Climate Change Part 2: should individuals have fewer children to mitigate climate change?

18 April 2018|

It is claimed that having fewer children will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but is it that straightforward? Eric Brandstedt looks at some of the complexities of this recommendation.

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    Reproductive Choices and Climate Change Part 1: can you reduce your emissions by having fewer children?

Reproductive Choices and Climate Change Part 1: can you reduce your emissions by having fewer children?

23 March 2018|

Our lifestyle choices determine our individual carbon footprints, including the decision whether or not to have children. But should parents should be held responsible for the emissions of future generations?

Immigration and the Natural Lottery

7 March 2018|

Whose interests should matter when deciding a nation’s border policy? Campbell Brown takes a moral look at border control.

After Obamacare

16 January 2018|

How should US policy-makers choose a replacement for the Affordable Care Act? Dan Hausman looks at the values and economic complications guiding health care reform.

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    The Philosophy of Social Evolution Part 5: Cultural inclusive fitness?

The Philosophy of Social Evolution Part 5: Cultural inclusive fitness?

5 December 2017|

In the final post in this series, Jonathan Birch considers the development of large-scale human cooperation.

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    The Philosophy of Social Evolution Part 4: The social organism

The Philosophy of Social Evolution Part 4: The social organism

27 November 2017|

Has the time come for a revival of the “cell state” perspective? In part 4 of this series, Jonathan Birch looks at the evolution of multicellular life.

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    The Philosophy of Social Evolution Part 3: Relatedness, time and bacteria

The Philosophy of Social Evolution Part 3: Relatedness, time and bacteria

20 November 2017|

In the third installment in this series, Jonathan Birch looks at “horizontal transmission” and relatedness in bacteria.

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    The Philosophy of Social Evolution Part 2: Relatedness and Altruism

The Philosophy of Social Evolution Part 2: Relatedness and Altruism

13 November 2017|

How can we explain the evolution of altruism? In part 2 of this series, Jonathan Birch considers “Hamilton’s Rule”.