• Why is doping wrong anyway?

Why is doping wrong anyway?

  • 17 August 2016

Most sports ban certain performance-enhancing drugs and penalise those who use them. But is the use of these drugs morally wrong? Heather Dyke looks at the ethics of doping.

  • Negotiating with Myself

Negotiating with Myself

  • 8 June 2016

Can the concept of “temporal selves” help us understand temptation and restraint? Johanna Thoma on self-negotiation.

  • Towards a fairer distribution of refugees

Towards a fairer distribution of refugees

  • 28 April 2016

With the current refugee crisis showing no sign of abating, a fair and efficient method for distributing people to different countries is urgently needed. In this post, Philippe van Basshuysen looks at matching systems.

  • What is it like to write philosophy?

What is it like to write philosophy?

  • 14 April 2016

With essay deadlines looming for many of our students, Matt Parker relives some of the angst involved in writing philosophy. You’re not alone.

  • What makes humans special?

What makes humans special?

  • 3 March 2016

What separates human beings from their animal ancestors? Andrew Buskell examines the concept of “cumulative culture”.

  • Homeopathy and Evidence-Based Policy

Homeopathy and Evidence-Based Policy

With the UK government considering a ban on the prescription of homeopathic remedies on the NHS, John Worrall examines the rationale for such a proposal and suggests that the decision is not as simple as it might initially seem.

  • Christian List in Scientific American

Christian List in Scientific American

  • 26 August 2015

In the latest issue of Scientific American, Professor Christian List discusses the philosophical foundations of Einstein’s view of quantum mechanics.

  • Decisions, Games and Logic 2015

Decisions, Games and Logic 2015

  • 15 July 2015

LSE Philosophy hosted The Eighth Workshop in Decisions, Games and Logic (DGL) 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 making.

  • Philosophy of Physics on Flickr

Philosophy of Physics on Flickr

  • 5 June 2015

For those of you unable to attend the recent meetings of the Sigma Club, you can now view photos from our regular philosophy of physics lectures on Flickr.

  • 3:AM Magazine interviews Jonathan Birch

3:AM Magazine interviews Jonathan Birch

  • 7 May 2015

Jonathan Birch specialises in the philosophy of biology and in this interview – “Darwinian conundrums” – he discusses topics such as natural selection, the origins of human cooperation and the role of philosophy in science.

  • BJUP interview with John Worrall

BJUP interview with John Worrall

  • 17 April 2015

The latest issue of the British Journal of Undergraduate Philosophy (BJUP) features this interview with LSE philosopher Professor John Worrall.

  • Three new “Meet the Faculty” videos

Three new “Meet the Faculty” videos

  • 15 April 2015

Check out the latest additions to our “Meet the Faculty” video series, featuring three of our newest faculty members: Dr Jonathan Birch, Dr Anna Mahtani and Dr Bryan Roberts. Enjoy!

  • Facing difficult decisions: when to give priority and why

Facing difficult decisions: when to give priority and why

  • 5 March 2015

Some people believe that when facing difficult decisions we should give priority to those who are worst-off. In ‘Prioritarianism and the Measure of Utility’, Michael Otsuka argues that this is only true in some situations.

  • Spotlight: MSc in Philosophy of the Social Sciences

Spotlight: MSc in Philosophy of the Social Sciences

  • 27 January 2015

With LSE widely recognised as the world’s leading specialist social science university, the MSc in Philosophy of Social Sciences is the ideal degree with which to pursue questions about human societies, and to apply philosophical reasoning to understand the nature of the social sciences themselves.

  • Spotlight: MSc in Philosophy of Science

Spotlight: MSc in Philosophy of Science

  • 27 January 2015

The LSE Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method is a historic and world-class centre for philosophy of science. Having been home to the influential philosophers of science Karl Popper and Imre Lakatos and still bustling with cutting edge research, the LSE is an incredible place to do an MSc in Philosophy of Science.

  • 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?

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

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

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

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!