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September 2017

John Worrall (LSE): “Placebo versus Active Controlled Clinical Trials: the FDA’s folly?”

27 September, 5:00 pm7:00 pm
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Abstract: Suppose that a treatment T for some medical condition C is already available and is universally recognized to be effective; and suppose that some new treatment T´ for that same condition C is under investigation. From the scientific point of view (that is, laying aside pragmatic issues such as, perhaps, the relative cost of the two treatments) there would,…

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Reasons, Rationality, and Intentional Agency

29 September30 September
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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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 at the other. Further information is available on the conference webpage.

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October 2017

Daniel M. Hausman (Madison): “Is social science possible?” (Auguste Comte Memorial Lecture)

4 October, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, 99 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4JF United Kingdom
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Using economics as an example, this lecture addresses a perennial philosophical question that also occupied Auguste Comte: Can inquiries into social phenomena be sciences?

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Bridging the Gap: Scientific Imagination Meets Aesthetic Imagination

5 October6 October
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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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. Further information is available of the conference website.

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Jake Nebel (NYU): “An Intrapersonal Addition Paradox”

11 October, 5:00 pm7:00 pm
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Abstract: I present a new problem for those of us who wish to avoid Parfit's repugnant conclusion. The problem is an intrapersonal, risky analogue of Parfit's mere addition paradox. I present the problem, consider and reject some solutions, and conclude by stating my preferred solution. The problem is important for three reasons. First, it highlights new conditions at least one of…

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LSE PhD Student Session: Nicolas Cote & David Kinney

18 October, 5:00 pm7:00 pm
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Nicolas Cote (LSE): “Freedom of Choice” Abstract: TBA David Kinney (LSE): "A Dilemma for Multi-Level Humeans" Abstract: TBA   #LSEChoiceGroup

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BSPS Lecture

23 October, 5:15 pm6:45 pm
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Further details TBC

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Owen Griffiths (LSE): TBA

24 October, 2:00 pm3:30 pm
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Abstract: TBA Owen Griffiths is an LSE Fellow in Philosophy.   #PopperSeminar

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Alison Fernandes (Warwick): “Deliberative Approach to Causation” (joint meeting with the LJDM)

25 October, 5:00 pm6:15 pm
UCL Psychology Dept., Room 313, Psychology Dept, UCL, 26 Bedford Way
London, WC1H 0AP United Kingdom
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Abstract: TBA This is a joint meeting with the London Judgement and Decision Making (LJDM) group. Alison Fernandes is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Warwick.   #LSEChoiceGroup

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Quantum Investigations in Algebraic Approach: Opening Lecture and Reception

26 October, 6:00 pm8:30 pm
5th Floor, Old Building, Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
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An opening lecture by Miklós Rédei, in advance of a one-day conference in his honour. Followed by a wine reception. Further information about the lecture and conference are available on the Conference Webpage.

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Quantum Investigations (Rédei-Fest)

27 October
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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A conference on the foundations of quantum theory, in honour of Professor Miklós Rédei. For more details, visit the Conference Webpage.

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November 2017

Max Steuer (LSE): “Expertise in Well-Defined Problems and Expertise in Ill-Defined Problems in Economics”

1 November, 5:00 pm7:00 pm
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Abstract: TBA   #LSEChoiceGroup

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Alex Voorhoeve (LSE): “Egalitarianism under Ambiguity”

8 November, 5:00 pm7:00 pm
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Abstract: Decision-makers are in an ambiguous situation when they are not in a position to assign precise probabilities to all of the relevant possible outcomes of their actions. Such situations are common – novel medical treatments and policies addressing climate change are two examples. Many people respond to ambiguous situations in a cautious, or ambiguity-averse manner, and there are good reasons…

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Lakatos Award Lectures and Ceremony

9 November, 6:00 pm8:00 pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, London School of Economics, Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Lectures by the 2015 and 2016 Lakatos Award winners, Thomas Pradeu and Brian Epstein, followed by a public award ceremony.   Brian Epstein (Tufts): "Rebuilding the Foundations of the Social Sciences" Abstract: TBA   Thomas Pradeu (CNRS): "Why Philosophy in Science? Re-Visiting Immunology and Biological Individuality" Abstract: TBA   #LSELakatos

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Lakatos Award Workshop

10 November
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Workshop in honour of the 2015 and 2016 Lakatos Award winners, Thomas Pradeu and Brian Epstein. Further details TBA #LSELakatos

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Adrian Boutel (LSE): TBA

14 November, 2:00 pm3:30 pm
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Abstract: TBA Adrian Boutel is a guest teacher here in the Department, he was formerly a Research Associate in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge.   #PopperSeminar

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Thomas Ferretti (Toronto): “Rawls’ indexing problem: Which combination of social primary goods can maximize the freedom of the least well-off?”

15 November, 5:00 pm7:00 pm
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Abstract: Rawls proposes that public institutions should maximize the freedom of the least well-off by distributing social primary goods. But if one can easily understand how to maximize one good like income, things get more difficult when it comes to maximizing the value of a bundle of many different goods. I will argue that, within the restricted settings of Rawls’…

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BSPS Lecture

20 November, 5:15 pm6:45 pm
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Further details TBC

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Bryan Roberts (LSE): “The Mechanics of Markets”

22 November, 5:00 pm7:00 pm
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Abstract: Many philosophers and economists have concluded that the models of economics and finance are strictly inaccurate. This paper argues on the contrary that techniques from physics, and especially classical mechanics, can be used to accurately represent the microdynamics of financial markets. I give a number of simple examples to illustrate this approach to econophysics to newcomers, and then propose…

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Roman Frigg (LSE): “How Models Work” (Inaugural Professorial Lecture)

23 November, 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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Abstract: TBA Professor Roman Frigg's Inaugural Lecture will be chaired by Miklós Rédei. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

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