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    Science and policy in extremis: what can we learn from the UK’s initial response to COVID-19?

Science and policy in extremis: what can we learn from the UK’s initial response to COVID-19?

22 December 2020|

SAGE uses a set of assumptions called the “reasonable worst-case scenario” in its pandemic planning. In this post, Jonathan Birch looks at the group’s minutes and documents from early 2020 and argues that over-reliance on these assumptions led to costly delays.

What unfolded in the UK in the spring of 2020 was a national tragedy within the global tragedy […]

The mind-body problem

3 November 2020|

What’s really at stake in the mind-body debate? Jonathan Birch looks at some of the explanatory differences in approaches to the metaphysics of consciousness.

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27 October 2020|

Applications for our world-leading MSc and MPhil/PhD programmes are open. Programmes start Autumn 2021.

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    Lives v livelihoods: Evaluating policies to address COVID-19

Lives v livelihoods: Evaluating policies to address COVID-19

21 October 2020|

Policies that suppress or control COVID-19 prevent illness and save lives, but exact an economic toll. How should we balance lives and livelihoods to determine which policy is best? Richard Bradley, Alex Voorhoeve et al. compare benefit-cost and social welfare approaches to the pandemic.

G. E. Moore’s hands vs. radical scepticism

29 September 2020|

Do we need to prove that we’re not living in a computer simulation? Jonathan Birch looks at G. E. Moore’s famous argument against scepticism.

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    A Virus Is Not a Thing, Part 3: What virology can tell us about philosophy

A Virus Is Not a Thing, Part 3: What virology can tell us about philosophy

25 August 2020|

How can findings in virology help answer ontological questions of process and substance? In the final post in this series, Stephan Guttinger looks at viral life cycles and the role of intrinsic properties.

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    How to assess the wellbeing impacts of COVID-19 policies: A brief for the T20 forum

How to assess the wellbeing impacts of COVID-19 policies: A brief for the T20 forum

14 August 2020|

Matthew Adler, Richard Bradley and Alex Voorhoeve, along with a number of other researchers, have written a policy brief on how to evaluate the wellbeing impacts of policies to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, to be presented at the Think20 forum later this year.

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    A Virus Is Not a Thing, Part 2: Do viruses jump? Process-thinking and the question of pandemics

A Virus Is Not a Thing, Part 2: Do viruses jump? Process-thinking and the question of pandemics

22 July 2020|

What happens when a virus crosses species? Stephan Guttinger looks at viral jumps and the origins of pandemics.

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    Out Now: Studies in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Vol. 2

Out Now: Studies in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Vol. 2

16 July 2020|

We’re pleased to announce the publication of the second volume of our undergraduate student journal, Studies in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

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    A Virus Is Not a Thing, Part 1: The case for a process view of viruses

A Virus Is Not a Thing, Part 1: The case for a process view of viruses

6 July 2020|

It seems natural to picture viruses as individual microscopic entities, but might there be another more accurate way to think about them? In the first of this three-part series, Stephan Guttinger presents the case for a process view of viruses.