Welcome to LSE Philosophy! As you’re no doubt aware, there’s an awful lot going on in the Department of Philosophy Logic and Scientific Method, as well as in the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science and the Forum for Philosophy. Here’s just a sample of some of our regular events.
LSE Philosophy has a rich calendar of events that are open and free for students to attend. Alongside one-off lectures by faculty and visiting speakers, we host a range of regular seminars featuring some of the world’s leading researchers. We aim to record as many of these regular events as possible, so if you’d like to get a taste of life in the Department before you arrive, make sure to check out our Watch and Listen page and YouTube Channel.
Here’s a quick run-down of some of our regular events:
The Popper Seminar
Named in honour of our Department’s founder, Professor Sir Karl Popper, the Popper Seminar is the department’s principal lecture series, held on various Tuesdays at 2pm during term time. Both faculty and external speakers present their work at this historic lecture series, and talks can cover any of philosophical topics in which the Department specialises, including philosophy of science, decision theory, and moral and political philosophy.
The Choice Group
Hosted by the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS), the LSE Choice Group runs most Wednesdays during term time and attracts philosophers, political scientists and economists interested in the theory of rational decision making in individuals and groups and its application to economic, political and social questions. You can find out more about upcoming Choice Group sessions by joining their mailing list.
The Sigma Club
The Sigma Club is held on Monday evenings during term time. Founded in 1987 by Professor Michael Redhead, this lecture series attracts some of the world’s leading philosophers of science to speak on topics in the philosophy and foundations of modern physics. If you’re interested in in things like the measurement problem, the nature of space and time, or the relationship between thermodynamics and statistical mechanics then this is the lecture series for you.
The Forum for Philosophy
The Forum for Philosophy is an educational charity that organises and runs a full and varied programme of public philosophy and interdisciplinary events in the UK, most of which take place at LSE. Although not part of our Department, we do maintain close ties with the Forum for Philosophy, with members of our faculty regularly chairing their talks. The Forum’s events span the full range of philosophical topics, so if you’re looking to broaden your intellectual horizons make sure to check them out.
As you can see, there’s a lot happening at LSE Philosophy, and we’ve not even begun to mention our student societies, the student journal and our annual weekend away! But more on these in future posts. Until then, make sure you keep an eye on our Twitter feed and Facebook page for news from the Department and, as always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions.