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November 2017

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: Models are crucial in many scientific contexts, and many investigations are carried out on models rather than on reality itself. How can models inform us about the properties of something beyond themselves? The answer is that they are representations of their respective target systems. But what does it mean for a model to represent something else? In this lecture I…

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Alisa Bokulich (Boston University): “Losing Sight of the Forest for the Ψ: A Call for a Successor to the Realism Question”

27 November, 5:15 pm6:45 pm
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Abstract: Traditionally the realist project in quantum theory has taken one of two forms: First, defending one of many different possible interpretations of quantum theory as the one true depiction of reality. Second, defending what has been termed wavefunction realism, according to which ordinary space is an illusion and we in fact live in a 3N-dimensional configuration space, where N…

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Graham Oddie (U Colorado Boulder): “Cognitive value, accuracy and the vindication of epistemic norms”

28 November, 2:00 pm3:30 pm
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Abstract: A number of philosophers have argued that certain epistemic norms can be justified by appeal to the fundamental value of truth or accuracy. In his recent monograph (Accuracy and the Laws of Credence, OUP 2016) Richard Pettigrew makes an impressive case for the comprehensive grounding of epistemology in the epistemic utility of accuracy together with standard principles of decision…

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Remco Heesen (Cambridge): “Statistical Biases in Peer Review”

29 November, 5:30 pm7:00 pm
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Abstract: Various biases are known to affect the peer review system, which is used to judge journal articles for their suitability for publication and grant proposals for their suitability for funding. These biases are generally attributed to cognitive biases held by individual peer reviewers. For example, gender bias in peer review is explained by the (explicit or implicit) gender bias…

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Sovereignty (the Forum)

29 November, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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The Brexit debate saw a revival in talk of ‘sovereignty’. But what exactly is it, and why is it so highly prized? What are its essential features and what are its limits? In a globalized world, is sovereignty something modern states can achieve? We will explore this elusive concept, and ask whether it is still a useful concept in the twenty-first century.

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December 2017

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

4 December
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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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.

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Time Travel (the Forum)

5 December, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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Born of science fiction, thinking about time travel has allowed us to visit possible and lost worlds, and rediscover the past through modern eyes. It also raises big puzzles: If you travelled back in time and killed your grandfather when he was a young man, would you still exist? Would changing the past mean you returned to a different present? What about travelling to the future? Two philosophers and a science fiction writer discuss time travel, and how thinking and writing about it has changed science and philosophy.

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LSE Philosophy Holiday Party 2017

5 December, 6:30 pm11:30 pm
The Venue, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, LSE, Houghton St
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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      Shake, Rattle 'n' Roll and raise money for Mind at the LSE Philosophy Holiday Party feat. The Critique of Pure Rhythm + Student DJs.   From the reviews: “LSE Philosophy parties have but one aim: the greatest hangover for the greatest number.” J. Bentham writing in Time Out “I boogied from the motive of duty”. I. Kant,…

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Philosophy, Politics and Economics Conference in honour of Luc Bovens

7 December
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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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.

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February 2018

Mattia Gallotti (LSE): TBA

6 February 2018, 2:00 pm3:30 pm
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Abstract: TBA Mattia Gallotti is an LSE Fellow in Philosophy.   #PopperSeminar

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Anna Alexandrova (Cambridge): TBA

20 February 2018, 2:00 pm3:30 pm
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Abstract: TBA Anna Alexandrova is a Senior Lecturer in philosophy of science at the University of Cambridge.   #PopperSeminar

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March 2018

Lina Jansson (Nottingham): TBA

6 March 2018, 2:00 pm3:30 pm
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Abstract: TBA Lina Jansson is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nottingham.   #PopperSeminar

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BSPS Lecture

12 March 2018, 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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Ralf Bader (Oxford): TBA

20 March 2018, 2:00 pm3:30 pm
LAK 2.06, Lakatos Building
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Abstract: TBA   #PopperSeminar

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