The 2017 LSE-Bayreuth Student Conference took place at LSE 11-12 May.
The annual LSE-Bayreuth Student Philosophy conference is hosted, alternately, by LSE Philosophy and by the University of Bayreuth’s Philosophy & Economics Programme. This 2-day event provides an excellent opportunity for students to present their work and engage with both peers and faculty in a professional academic setting. For many of our students this is the perfect chance to flex their intellectual muscles in preparation for a career in philosophy.
Students from both universities presented papers on a broad range of topics in this year’s conference: philosophy of economics, philosophy of science, logic, and moral and political philosophy. These topics play to the strengths of both of our departments. All papers from the conference will be preserved for posterity when they’re published in the LSE student philosophy journal, Rerum Causae, later this year.
We were very fortunate with our two guest speakers at this year’s conference. Professor Julian Fink (UBT) presented his paper “The essence of attitudinal irrationality”. Whilst Professor Christian List (LSE) presented his paper “What is it like to be a group agent?”.
After the talks on each day, there were drinks at The George (A favourite LSE student haunt) where the discussions continued fluidly. There was also a conference dinner at a great local Korean restaurant – one of the many perks of studying/working in central London!
Thank you to all the following for providing comments on the papers: Prof Mike Otsuka, Prof Julian Fink, Dr Bryan Roberts, Dr Roberto Fumagalli and Dr Johanna Thoma. A huge thanks to Roberto and Johanna for their organisational efforts.
And finally, thanks to all the students that took part in the talks and discussion.