The Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS) runs a full and varied programme of conferences throughout each academic year. CPNSS conferences address cutting-edge issues in philosophy of science, philosophy of the social sciences and related disciplines, and are attended by some of the field’s top researchers. On this page is a selection of the conferences held at CPNSS over the past few years.


  • History of Postwar Social Science Workshop

    2 December 2016

    This one-day workshop has been organised by Roger Backhouse and Philippe Fontaine and is supported by by the CNRS European Scientific Coordination Network (GDRE #711).

  • Emergence and the Limit: A Workshop in Philosophy of Physics

    25 November 2016

    Recent literature on emergence in physics and on foundational issues in statistical mechanics has stressed the importance or lack thereof of the thermodynamic limit. In this workshop we will consider various case studies portraying either emergent behaviour or other important issues in statistical m...

  • Workshop on Scientific Imagination and Epistemic Representations

    28 October 2016, 10:00 am5:15 pm

    Many philosophers of science dismiss imagination as ill-suited for scientific reasoning. The notion of imagination that they assume often coincides with that of irrational or unconstrained thought that enables us to escape reality. This idea disregards the fact that imagination seems also to provide...

  • Foundations 2016

    16 July 201618 July 2016

    The LSE is hosting the The UK and European Conference on Foundations of Physics, to take place this year on 16-17 July 2016. Visit the conference website for more information.

  • Reasons and Mental States in Decision Theory

    9 June 2016, 2:15 pm10 June 2016, 7:00 pm

    On 9–10 June this workshop will explore whether, and how, we can make progress in decision theory by modelling a decision-maker’s reasons and/or mental states. Further information is available on the conference website.

  • Society for the History of Recent Social Science 2016 Conference

    3 June 20164 June 2016

    This two-day conference will bring together researchers working on the history of post-World War II social science. #HISRESS16

  • In Search of Smart, Sustained and Inclusive Growth (CPNSS + REBOOT conference)

    4 April 2016

    Sustained growth has been elusive globally since the Global Financial Crisis, and economies have become increasingly reliant on credit. Growth in the US or singular countries such as the UK has not created a general growth impetus either to the Eurozone, Japan or emerging countries, which are now a...

  • Explanation, Normativity, and Uncertainty in Economic Modelling

    16 March 2016, 12:30 pm17 March 2016, 5:30 pm

    This conference will bring together philosophers and economists to explore philosophical aspects of economic modelling. Further information is available on the conference webpage.

  • History of Postwar Social Science Workshop

    4 December 2015, 10:00 am4:30 pm

    Programme: 10.00 – 10.50: Newton Mangled on a Bissett Home-made, Electrical Computer: The Cold War, Social Science and Geography Trevor Barnes (University of British Columbia) Coffee break 11.20 – 12.10: How Realism Waltzed Off: Kenneth Waltz and the Cybernetic Turn in International Relations Th...

  • Decision Making under Severe Uncertainty

    19 June 201520 June 2015

    This workshop will take place under the joint auspices of the Managing Severe Uncertainty project based at the LSE and the DUSUCA project based at GREGHEC (HEC Paris, CNRS). Further details for this event will be announced soon,

  • Decisions, Games and Logic 2015

    17 June 201519 June 2015

    The Eighth Workshop in Decisions, Games and Logic (DGL) will be taking place 17-19 June 2015. The DGL workshop series aims to bring together graduate students, post-docs and researchers from philosophy, economics and logic working on formal approaches to rational individual and interactive decision ...

  • Scientific Discovery in the Social Sciences (2 day workshop)

    30 January 201531 January 2015

    Scientific Discovery in the Social Sciences Friday 30th – Saturday 31st January 2015, all day Lakatos Building, room 2.06, LSE Conference Website This interdisciplinary conference explores issues arising from scientific discovery in the social sciences. Keynote talks will be given by speakers from...

  • History of Postwar Social Science Workshop

    12 December 2014, 10:00 am4:30 pm

    Schedule 10.00 – 10.50:     Taming Maxwell’s Demon: Economists, historians of science, and the Bush Report on American science policy. Harro Maas (Utrecht University) & Roger Backhouse (University of Birmingham) Coffee break 11.20 – 12.10:      The Rise and fall of central planni...

  • Real Estate Bubbles, lessons learned by Japan, Uk, Sweden and China

    1 December 2014

    Full programme available here.

  • 4th LSE Graduate Conference in Philosophy of Probability

    27 September 2014, 8:00 am5:00 pm

    For details, see here.

  • International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry (ISPC) Annual Conference 2014

    7 July 2014, 12:00 am9 July 2014, 12:00 am

    International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry (ISPC) Annual Conference 2014 Monday-Wednesday; 7-9th July 2014; Lakatos Building LAK 2.06 Happily we have set up joint sponsorship of the meeting with the Centre for Natural and Social Science (CPNSS) at the LSE. The meetings will be in the Lect...

  • Philosophical Problems in Personalised Medicine (registration required)

    29 May 201430 May 2014

    The notion of “personalized medicine” has recently received a lot of attention. While the term is being used in a number of different ways, the core idea is that therapies in the future will be increasingly targeted to the individual, often genetic, characteristics of patients. This development ...

  • London Foundations Conference: Foundations of Quantum Theory

    14 May 2014, 12:00 am

    Title: London Foundations Conference; Foundations of Quantum Theory Time: tbc After successful meetings in previous years at Senate House and Imperial college; the next London Foundations Conference on the Foundations of Quantum Theory will take place at the Centre for the Philosophy of Natural and ...

  • Workshop: Rationality & Consistency

    20 March 2014, 4:00 pm4:30 pm

    London School of Economics; Lakatos Building; LAK.206 16:00: Welcome coffee 16:15

  • Rethinking Theory Construction in Social Science

    11 March 2014, 9:45 am5:20 pm

    Title: Rethinking Theory Construction in Social Science Date: Tuesday 11th March 2014 Time: 9:45am – 17:20pm Location: Room B.07; 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields; LSE Speakers: Prof. Mark Addis (Birmingham City University); Prof. Fernand Gobet (University of Liverpool); Prof. Leonard Smith (LSE)...

  • History of Postwar Social Science Workshop

    6 December 2013, 10:00 am4:30 pm

    History of Postwar Social Science Workshop December 6; 2013

  • Nancy Cartwright’s Farewell Conference

    3 June 2013, 1:45 pm5:00 pm

    Nancy Cartwright’s Farewell Conference Monday; 3rd June 2013; 1:45pm – 5pm in LAK 2.06 Speakers: Luc Bovens; Roman Frigg; Mary Morgan; Hakan Seckinelgin; Eleonora Montuschi and Mary Kaldor. The Department of Philosophy; Logic; and Scientific Method and the Centre for Philosophy of Natura...

  • History of Postwar Social Science Workshop

    22 February 2013, 10:00 am4:30 pm

    22 February 2013 History of Postwar Social Science Workshop Speakers: Edward Gitre (Seattle University); B