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March 2013

A.J. Simmons (University of Virginia): “States and their Territories “

11 March 2013, 6:30 pm12 March 2013, 8:00 pm

Auguste Comte memorial lectures States and their Territories Speaker: Prof. A.J. Simmons (University of Virginia) Monday March 11 and Tuesday March 12 from 6:30-8:00 pm at LSE;Tower One; TW1; G.01 Chair: Gabriel Wollner (LSE) Modern states claim a wide variety of rights of control over particular geographical territories. These claims; however; are regularly disputed; often leading to violence. This fact…

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March 2015

Professor Jeff McMahan (Oxford): Auguste Comte Memorial Lecture

11 March 2015, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, 99 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4JF United Kingdom
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Liability, Proportionality and the Number of Aggressors A podcast of this event is available here. Auguste Comte Memorial Lecture Date: Wednesday 11 March 2015 Time: 6.30-8pm Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House Speaker:  Professor Jeff McMahan Chair:  Professor Michael Otsuka The annual Auguste Comte Memorial Lecture will be delivered by a leading scholar in social and political philosophy. Jeff McMahan…

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May 2016

The Problem of the Political (CANCELLED)

31 May 2016, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Shaw Library, Old Building, 6th Floor, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Is the state’s limiting of our personal freedoms a problem? If so, Kolodny argues, this problem has more to do with equality than with freedom. #LSEComte

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February 2017

Donald MacKenzie (Edinburgh): “A Material Sociology of Markets: the Case of ‘Futures Lag’ in High-Frequency Trading” (Auguste Comte Memorial Lecture)

23 February, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, 99 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4JF United Kingdom
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It is very tempting to think of today’s financial system as abstract and virtual, to imagine that globalisation has led to a “flat world” and “the end of geography”, and assume that both time and space have shrunk. MacKenzie’s talk will cast doubt on those assumptions by focusing on the physicality of finance.

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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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