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 you’ll find details of forthcoming conferences as well as an archive of those held at CPNSS over the past few years.

Forthcoming Conferences

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Previous Conferences

  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics Conference in honour of Luc Bovens

    7 December

    On 7 December, this conference will bring together scholars from around the world to celebrate the work of Prof Bovens and his contributions to philosophy, politics and economics. Further info is available on the conference webpage.

  • Health and Disease: Can the Biostatistical Theory Be Defended? (CPNSS Symposium)

    6 December, 1:00 pm4:00 pm

    Featuring Christopher Boorse (University of Delaware), Daniel Hausman (University of Wisconsin-Madison & LSE) and Elselijn Kingma (Southampton University).

  • Foundations of Quantum Theory Book Workshop: Cats, Fleas and Symmetries

    4 December

    A workshop on Klaas Landsman’s Open Access book, The Foundations of Quantum Theory, with talks by Klaas Landsman, Jeremy Butterfield and Bryan Roberts. For more information, visit the Workshop Website.

  • The Ant Trap: An Expert Workshop

    10 November, 2:00 pm5:00 pm

    This half-day workshop will explore some of the issues raised by Brian Epstein’s Lakatos Award winning book, The Ant Trap.  It accompanies the Lakatos Award lecture on 9 November and follows Biological Identity: An expert workshop on Thomas Pradeu’s book The Limits of the Self: Immunology...

  • Biological Identity: An Expert Workshop

    10 November, 10:00 am1:00 pm

    This half-day expert workshop will consider questions of biological identity with reference to Thomas Pradeu’s book The Limits of the Self: Immunology and Biological Identity, winner of the 2015 Lakatos Award. It accompanies the Lakatos Award lecture on 9 November and is followed by The Ant Tr...

  • Quantum Investigations (Rédei-Fest)

    27 October

    A conference on the foundations of quantum theory, in honour of Professor Miklós Rédei. For more details, visit the Conference Webpage.

  • Quantum Investigations in Algebraic Approach: Opening Lecture and Reception

    26 October, 6:00 pm8:30 pm

    An opening lecture by Miklós Rédei, in advance of a one-day conference in his honour. Followed by a wine reception, in the Senior Common Room on the 5th floor of the Old Building (OLD) at LSE. Further information about the lecture and conference are available on the Conference Webpage.

  • Bridging the Gap: Scientific Imagination Meets Aesthetic Imagination

    5 October, 9:30 am6 October, 6:00 pm

    Why, how, and when do scientists imagine, and what epistemological roles does the imagination play in scientific progress? This conference aims to connect work on artistic and scientific imagination, and to advance our understanding of the epistemic and heuristic roles that imagination can play. Fur...

  • Reasons, Rationality, and Intentional Agency

    29 September, 9:30 am30 September, 6:45 pm

    This two-day interdisciplinary workshop will bring together philosophers, economists, and scholars from neighbouring disciplines to discuss issues ranging from new approaches to rational choice theory at one end of the spectrum to contributions concerning the metaphysics of intentionality and agency...

  • Origins of Consciousness Workshop

    7 June, 10:00 am5:00 pm

    This one-day, interdisciplinary workshop will bring together philosophers, neuroscientists, experimental biologists and evolutionary biologists to discuss the origins of consciousness. Pre-registration is required. Further information is available on the conference website.

  • Fifth LSE Graduate Conference in Philosophy of Probability

    2 June3 June

    This conference will bring together researchers and graduate students in Philosophy, Psychology/Cognitive Science, Physics, Medicine, Computer Science and related fields to discuss issues in the philosophy of probability. Keynote speakers: Maria Carla Galavotti (University of Bologna) Anna Mahtani (...

  • Philosophy of Language for Decision Theory

    25 May26 May

    This two day workshop will explore the connections between philosophy of language and decision theory. Confirmed speakers include Richard Bradley, Chloé de Canson, Julien Dutant, Paul Egré, Terry Horgan, Rosanna Keefe, Harvey Lederman, Christian List, Ofra Magidor, Anna Mahtani, Daniel Rothschild ...

  • Workshop on Determinism, Probability and Agency

    19 May, 1:45 pm7:15 pm

    On 19 May, this workshop will bring together faculty and graduate students to investigate the connections between probability, determinism and agency. Further information is available on the workshop website.

  • 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.

  • Workshop: New work on responsibility

    8 June 2016, 10:00 am4:00 pm

    Attendance at this one-day workshop is open to University of London Research Students and staff only. To register, please email Alex Voorhoeve.

  • 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

  • Lakatos Award Workshop on Geometry and Physics

    4 May 2016, 9:45 am6:30 pm

    Gordon Belot and David Malament together with Fay Dowker and Klaas Landsman will participate in a 1-day workshop on geometry and physics, in honour of their winning of the 2014 Lakatos Award. #LSELakatos

  • 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...

  • 50 Years of Worrall: Science, Structure and Rock ‘n’ Roll

    18 March 2016, 9:00 am5:30 pm

    Celebrating John Worrall’s 50 Years at LSE. Further details can be found on the conference webpage.

  • 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.

  • Decision Theory with a Human Face

    5 February 2016

    This one day workshop will focus on Richard Bradley’s new book Decision Theory with a Human Face. Confirmed speakers include Anna Mahtani, Katie Steele, Wlodek Rabinowicz, Jim Joyce, and Franz Dietrich. Further information is available here.

  • 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 ...

  • Towards a Sustainable Financial System

    21 March 2014

    Organising Committee: Ulf Dahlsten (Lead organiser, LSE), Jon Danielsson (LSE), Roman Frigg (LSE), Jean-Pierre Zigrand (LSE) Further information is available on the conference programme.

  • 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)...

  • How We Feel: what neuroscience can and can’t tell us about our emotions (CPNSS LSE Literary Festival lecture)

    1 March 2014, 1:00 pm2:30 pm

    Is neuroscience better than philosophy to cope with anxiety in the face of the world’s economic crisis? What can a brain scan or a Caravaggio painting reveal about the deep seat of guilt? Can ancient remedies fight sadness more effectively than anti-depressants? What do poetry and joy have in comm...

  • History of Postwar Social Science Workshop

    6 December 2013, 10:00 am4:30 pm

    History of Postwar Social Science Workshop December 6; 2013

  • Relativity Meets Quantum Theory

    28 November 201329 November 2013

    The two great scientific developments in our fundamental understanding of space, time and matter in the 20th century are relativity theory and quantum theory. What happens when relativity meets quantum theory? Understanding this question is one of the great challenges in the foundations of physics o...

  • Colloquium: Measuring Well-Being in the UK, Europe and OECD countries

    20 June 2013, 2:00 pm6:15 pm

    2:00-3:15 Erik Schokkaert “Beyond GDP. Measuring social progress in Europe” Abstract. In this paper we study the measurement of social progress. Recently, it has become widely accepted that focusing exclusively on income growth may lead to a too narrow-sighted measure of social progress. Peo...

  • 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...

  • Daniel Dennett Book Launch “Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking”

    23 May 2013, 6:30 pm8:00 pm

    In this lecture, one of the world’s most original thinkers will show how he designs, uses and dismantles the thinking tools that have illuminated his theories of meaning, mind, and evolution. The big difference between human minds and the minds of other animals is our equipping ourselves with ...

  • 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