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June 2015

Alienation and Disenchantment (Forum for European Philosophy public discussion)

9 June 2015, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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‘The fate of our times is characterised by rationalisation and intellectualisation and, above all, by the “disenchantment of the world”’, declared Max Weber in 1917. These themes have occupied Akeel Bilgrami over many years, and his reflections on them have now been brought together in a collection of essays, Secularism, Identity, and Enchantment. Bilgrami will be with us to discuss…

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Are We Stewards of the Earth? (Forum for European Philosophy dialogue)

22 June 2015, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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Are humans exceptional amongst living beings? How should they understand their relationship with, and responsibilities towards, the natural world? Current ecological crises have led to new conceptions of this relationship, increased focus on human responsibilities, and changing environmental practices. In this panel, two speakers will address both the theoretical questions raised by these issues and assess some of the practical…

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International Cooperation and Climate Change (Philosophy@LSE Panel Discussion)

23 June 2015, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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This event is jointly organised with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE In the wake of the fifth IPCC Report, we know that tackling climate change is crucial for human well-being. So why has the international community been faltering on effective climate action? What prospects are there for improvement at the forthcoming Paris conference? And…

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The Folly of Crowds? (Forum for European Philosophy “Consilience” public discussion)

25 June 2015, 6:30 pm8:00 pm

Mind sharing, crowdsourcing, online ratings – in our modern world we are constantly exposed to the opinion of the group. We are told that crowds are wise (‘Two heads are better than one’ Ecclesiastes 4:9-12) and are cautioned against the madness of the mobs (‘Too many cooks spoil the broth’). When is the crowd wise and when is it prone…

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September 2015

The Nature of Memory: perspectives from art, history and neuroscience (Forum for European Philosophy public discussion)

29 September 2015, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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Our ability to recall the past is a fundamental feature of what makes us human. While neuroscience has advanced our understanding of memory, how do these insights relate to memory as understood in the classics, literature, philosophy and art? Jessica Bland is Principal Researcher in Policy and Research at Nesta. Sebastian Groes is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the…

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October 2015

A Right to Migrate? (Forum for European Philosophy public discussion)

6 October 2015, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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Forum for European Philosophy public discussion Most people would agree that we have a right to leave our country of origin. But since leaving one country usually means arriving in another, do we also have a right to immigrate? If so, how can this be reconciled with a state’s apparent right to exclude? We bring together a panel of philosophers…

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Knowledge in the Cloud (Forum for European Philosophy public discussion)

12 October 2015, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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Forum for European Philosophy public discussion As technology and the mind become more integrated, questions arise about how to locate the limits of our mental life. Some philosophers have proposed that mental life extends far beyond the traditional soul or biological brain, and that the same must be true of our epistemic life as well. Our panel will debate this…

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London Under Attack: the moral complexities of WWII bombings (Forum for European Philosophy public lecture)

21 October 2015, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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Forum for European Philosophy public lecture In June 1944, London was targeted by German terror bombing. The British War Cabinet faced an ethical dilemma: Should they attempt to use double agents to redirect the raids away from Central London and towards less populated areas? Or should they let events take their course? Ethicist Susanne Burri analyses this real-life wartime dilemma…

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Does Philosophy Have to Be Obscure? (Forum for European Philosophy public discussion)

28 October 2015, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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Forum for European Philosophy public discussion Can complex philosophical ideas be expressed in clear, accessible language? Or is philosophy necessarily obscure and impenetrable for most people? Are some branches of philosophical thought more easily translated into everyday language and others inescapably technical? Are the different branches even capable of speaking to each other, let alone to a non-specialist audience? Should…

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November 2015

Can a Country be Proud of its Past? (Forum for European Philosophy public discussion)

2 November 2015, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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Forum for European Philosophy public discussion Individuals are responsible for their actions, but what about groups of individuals like nations or states? Does membership of these groups make it appropriate to take up certain normative attitudes towards ourselves such as pride, guilt, or shame? And what role (if any) should public acts of remembrance play in maintaining and determining these…

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Art as Knowledge? (Forum for European Philosophy public discussion)

11 November 2015, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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Forum for European Philosophy public discussion Plato and Hegel thought of art as inferior to philosophy; philosophers like Aristotle, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche held the arts in high regard. Today, do we think art can address the big questions in life? Do artistic uses of imagination and emotion play a role in acquiring knowledge? And if art leads to knowledge, what…

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How (Not) to Make Everyone Better Off (Forum for European Philosophy public lecture)

23 November 2015, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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Forum for European Philosophy public lecture Policymakers often aim for so-called “Pareto improvements” — changes that make at least one person better off and no one worse off. This may sound innocuous, but is it always a sensible idea? Philosopher Anna Mahtani argues that there is more to the notion of a ‘Pareto improvement’ than meets the eye. Anna Mahtani…

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December 2015

Is Political Violence Ever Justified? (Forum for European Philosophy public discussion)

1 December 2015, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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Forum for European Philosophy public discussion Does political violence ever achieve its long-term goals or does it simply perpetuate violence? Are some types of political violence more rational, ethical, or justifiable than others? Is there always a clear line between resistance and political violence? In an era in which international relations have been transformed by globalization and new technologies, and…

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Will Machines Rule the World? (Forum for European Philosophy public discussion)

7 December 2015, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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Forum for European Philosophy public discussion AI is progressing fast. What level has it reached? Is human-level AI a realistic possibility? And if it is achieved in the near future, what will the consequences be for humanity? Could AI threaten our very existence? In this panel discussion, philosophers Huw Price and Mark Sprevak and computer scientists Mateja Jamnik and Kate…

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January 2016

Emotions: Do They Control Us? (the Forum)

18 January 2016, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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From financial decisions to medical choices and political beliefs, emotion plays a crucial role. What is emotion and what is it good for? How is it represented in the brain and do human emotions differ from other animals? We will discuss the notion that emotion is the primary factor that controls our every action. Speakers Lisa Bortolotti, Professor of Philosophy…

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February 2016

Frantz Fanon and Political Activism (the Forum)

1 February 2016, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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A revolutionary thinker who drew upon influences from philosophy, political theory, and psychoanalysis, Fanon is best known for his fierce championing of Algerian liberation and his reflections on the psychological impact of colonialism and imperialism. Now that the philosophical value of Fanon’s work is finally being recognised, we should also ask what it can teach us about the contemporary world.…

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Autism and Minds Wired for Science: Ethical Implications (the Forum)

8 February 2016, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, London School of Economics, Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Our panel will offer perspectives from neuroscience, history and philosophy on autism: How has our understanding of autism evolved? Why is autism so often linked with scientific and mathematical talent? Does this mean that some minds are ‘wired’ for science (and others not)? Is autism really a disorder, or just an aspect of human ‘neurodiversity’? Speakers Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor of…

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Does Science Have All the Answers? (the Forum)

15 February 2016, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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Modern science has provided answers to questions once thought impertinent for human beings to investigate. Among them, ‘What causes earthquakes and natural disasters?’, ‘Where does human life begin?’, and ‘Do we have free will?’. But when does the triumph of science become triumphalism? What are the limits of scientific inquiry, and does it leave any questions for non-scientists to answer?…

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Progress in Troubled Times: Learning from the ‘Age of Genius’ (the Forum @ LSE Literary Festival 2016)

24 February 2016, 6:30 pm8:00 pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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How should we understand the intellectual changes that marked the turbulent seventeenth century in Europe? Fuelled by both original and orthodox thinking, this period witnessed perhaps the greatest shift in our outlook, from the alchemy and astrology of John Dee to the painstaking observations and astronomy of Galileo. Newton, the man who understood gravity and the laws of motion, remained…

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Ideals of Equality: Feminisms in the Twenty-First Century (the Forum @ LSE Literary Festival 2016)

27 February 2016, 11:00 am12:30 pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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What is the future for feminism? How does feminism interact with concerns about other forms of oppression, such as those based on race and class? Is there one feminist movement or many? If there are many, how should they relate to one another? In this panel, our speakers will discuss these questions and ask what the future holds for feminist…

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