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    The simple failure of Curie’s Principle: How to get out what hasn’t gone in

The simple failure of Curie’s Principle: How to get out what hasn’t gone in

22 December 2014|

It’s often been thought that Curie’s principle says something that’s just obviously true about the world. However, Bryan Roberts has discovered a simple way in which Curie’s principle fails.

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    Thinking precisely about vagueness: an interview with Anna Mahtani

Thinking precisely about vagueness: an interview with Anna Mahtani

4 December 2014|

How many hairs must a person lose before they become bald? There doesn’t seem to be an easy way of answering this. This is because “bald”, along with a large number of other words, is vague. This vagueness causes problems and Anna Mahtani specialises in thinking very precisely about these problems…

Can we design a perfect democratic decision procedure?

12 November 2014|

The democratic process aims to make convincing collective decisions on the basis of individual preferences. There are a number of different democratic decision procedures via which such decisions may be reached. In this talk at the Visions in Science Conference in Berlin, Christian List outlines three plausible requirements of democracy before going on to show that no democratic decision procedure […]

Spotlight: MSc Courses in Philosophy of Physics

20 September 2014|

LSE has a long tradition of leading work in the philosophy and foundations of physics. You may notice the flurry of physics-related activity bustling around the department. If you’re an MSc student with a physics course or two under your belt, or are just interested in seeing what the philosophy of physics is, why not check it out?

Spotlight: Three MSc courses on policy and choice

20 September 2014|

Philosophy at LSE is particularly well-known for its social relevance.  Here are three MSc courses that will allow you to participate in this aspect of LSE-style philosophy. New MSc students are welcome to sit in on the first lecture before deciding if they’d like to take a course.

Spotlight: Two new courses involve your brain

20 September 2014|

Dr. Jonathan Birch, one of the department’s newest members, is doing two exciting new courses this year that will undoubtedly exercise the grey matter. If you’re a new MSc in Economics and Philosophy, Philosophy and Public Policy, Philosophy of Science or Philosophy of the Social Sciences, you have the opportunity to sign up!