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    The Naturalistic Case for Free Will, Part 3: Indeterminism as an Emergent Phenomenon

The Naturalistic Case for Free Will, Part 3: Indeterminism as an Emergent Phenomenon

21 November 2019|

Could the universe be deterministic at some levels and indeterministic at others? In the final post in this series, Christian List looks at micro and macro levels of description.

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    The Naturalistic Case for Free Will, Part 2: An Indispensability Argument

The Naturalistic Case for Free Will, Part 2: An Indispensability Argument

6 November 2019|

What are the requirements of free will, and how can we show that these requirements are met? In the second post in this series, Christian List proposes an indispensability argument for the existence of free will.

The Naturalistic Case for Free Will, Part 1: The Challenge

22 October 2019|

Is there space for free will within a scientific worldview? In the first of this three part series, Christian List looks at free will scepticism and outlines his own compatibalist response.

How do we know how to act together?

26 February 2019|

How are humans able to act cooperatively and why don’t we see such behaviour in other primates? Jonathan Birch looks at the concept of “joint know-how”.

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    Getting the Details Just Right: Solving the “Goldilocks Problem” of Scientific Explanation

Getting the Details Just Right: Solving the “Goldilocks Problem” of Scientific Explanation

10 July 2018|

How much detail is the right amount of detail for a scientific explanation? David Kinney looks at getting things just right.

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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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    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”.