It’s clear that beliefs can be wrong about the way the world is, but can they also be wrong in a moral sense? Lewis Ross looks at the moral status of belief.
Scientific advice cannot be completely neutral or independent, says Jonathan Birch. But records from autumn 2020 suggest that the Cabinet Office leant on SAGE to build in optimistic assumptions about the government’s ability to control the pandemic.
On 25 June, this one-day workshop will bring together scholars from around the world to celebrate the work of Professor Christian List, who recently moved from LSE to LMU Munich.
LSE Philosophy seeks applications for a one-year LSE Fellowship in philosophy, to start 1 September 2021.
LSE Philosophy seeks applications for an Assistant Professorship in Philosophy, to start 1 September 2021.
LSE Philosophy seeks applications for a two-year LSE Fellowship in Philosophy, to start 1 September 2021.
Alexander Bird (Cambridge): “Against Empiricism”
Most philosophers of science are realists. Most philosophers of science are, at least implicitly, empiricists. But, I argue, it is not reasonable to be both an empiricist and a realist, because empiricism is motivated by epistemological internalism and realism requires the rejection of internalism. Nor is instrumentalism a reasonable position. So an empiricist […]
John Dougherty (LMU): “I ain’t afraid of no ghost”
This paper criticizes the traditional philosophical account of the quantization of gauge theories and offers an alternative. On the received view, gauge theories resist quantization because they feature distinct mathematical representatives of the same physical state of affairs. This resistance is overcome by a sequence of ad hoc modifications, […]
Zoë Johnson King (USC): “Varieties of Moral Mistake”
Some philosophers think that if someone acts wrongly while falsely believing that her action is permissible, this moral mistake cannot excuse her wrongdoing. And some think that this is because it is morally blameworthy to fail to appreciate the moral significance of non-moral features of an action of which one […]