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    Stephan Leuenberger (Glasgow): “Scrutability and the Problem of Cross-Family Quantification”

Stephan Leuenberger (Glasgow): “Scrutability and the Problem of Cross-Family Quantification”

7 March 2017|

 
Stephan Leuenberger (Glasgow): “Scrutability and the Problem of Cross-Family Quantification”

In Constructing the World, David Chalmers aims to defend strong reductionist claims he calls “scrutability theses”. One such thesis says, roughly speaking, that every truth about the world could, in principle, be “read off” a complete list of the physical facts and the facts about conscious experience. However, […]

The Minds of Whales (the Forum)

2 March 2017|

 

The Minds of Whales (the Forum)

What is it like to be a whale? How do they think and what do they feel? How are their social groups structured, and how do whale ‘cultures’ arise? And how has human thought and human culture been influenced by interaction with whales? In this dialogue, two internationally recognized whale experts — prize-winning […]

John Worrall: “The ‘Universe’ Starring Man?”

22 February 2017|

 
John Worrall: “The ‘Universe’ Starring Man? The Impact of Scientific Revolutions on Humankind’s View of Itself”

Many people unreflectingly think that ‘Man’ plays a special role in the Universe. Although this view was endorsed by Aristotelian cosmology, revolutionary developments in science, particularly those associated with Copernicus and with Darwin, seem to have made it entirely untenable. So what does science […]

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    Jo E. Wolff (KCL): “Absolutism about Quantity – Decision by case study?”

Jo E. Wolff (KCL): “Absolutism about Quantity – Decision by case study?”

13 February 2017|

 

Jo E. Wolff (KCL): “Absolutism about Quantity – Decision by case study?”

Recent work on physical quantities has focused on a debate over absolutism vs. comparativism about quantities. In this talk I will be interested in whether this debate can be decided by arguments from physics. I will look at several case studies from the physical sciences, some […]

The Social Lives of Microbes (the Forum)

24 January 2017|

 

The Social Lives of Microbes (the Forum)

What are microbial societies? In what ways do they resemble human societies and in what ways do they differ? Can the same ideas that explain cooperation in larger animals also explain cooperation in microbes? And what can we learn from microbes about what it is to be human? In this panel […]

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    Ruth Byrne (University of Dublin): “Counterfactual Thought”

Ruth Byrne (University of Dublin): “Counterfactual Thought”

28 October 2016|

 
 

Ruth Byrne (University of Dublin): “Counterfactual Thought”

This talk was recorded at the LSE Workshop on Scientific Imagination and Epistemic Representations, 28 October 2016.

This one-day workshop was co-sponsored by the LSE’s Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, The British Society for the Philosophy of Science and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the […]

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    Catharine Abell (University of Manchester): “Epistemic Problems with Eliciting Imaginings”

Catharine Abell (University of Manchester): “Epistemic Problems with Eliciting Imaginings”

28 October 2016|

 
 
Catharine Abell (University of Manchester): “Epistemic Problems with Eliciting Imaginings”

This talk was recorded at the LSE Workshop on Scientific Imagination and Epistemic Representations, 28 October 2016.

This one-day workshop was co-sponsored by the LSE’s Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, The British Society for the Philosophy of Science and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and […]

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    Fiora Salis (LSE): “Capturing the Scientific Imagination”

Fiora Salis (LSE): “Capturing the Scientific Imagination”

28 October 2016|

 
 

Fiora Salis (LSE): “Capturing the Scientific Imagination”

This talk was recorded at the LSE Workshop on Scientific Imagination and Epistemic Representations, 28 October 2016.

This one-day workshop was co-sponsored by the LSE’s Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, The British Society for the Philosophy of Science and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under […]

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    Timothy Williamson (University of Oxford): “Counterfactuals and Thought experiments”

Timothy Williamson (University of Oxford): “Counterfactuals and Thought experiments”

28 October 2016|

 
 
Timothy Williamson (University of Oxford): “Counterfactuals and Thought experiments”

This talk was recorded at the LSE Workshop on Scientific Imagination and Epistemic Representations, 28 October 2016.

This one-day workshop was co-sponsored by the LSE’s Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, The British Society for the Philosophy of Science and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation […]

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    Sir Paul Nurse: “How Philosophy Drives Discovery: A scientist’s view of Popper”

Sir Paul Nurse: “How Philosophy Drives Discovery: A scientist’s view of Popper”

28 September 2016|

 

Sir Paul Nurse: “How Philosophy Drives Discovery: A scientist’s view of Popper”

In this talk, the 8th Sir Karl Popper Memorial Lecture, Sir Paul Nurse discusses how the philosophical works of Karl Popper have informed the practice of his own scientific research activities, indicating where it has helped and where it has required modifications.

Sir Paul is an English geneticist, Former […]