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Adam Lovett: ‘Democratic Failures and the Ethics of Democracy’ 08/12/2023

🎥 The recording of our last of the term is now online! Adam Lovett ( ) was giving a talk about his upcoming book ‘Democratic Failures and the Ethics of Democracy’ - Enjoy!

Adam Lovett: ‘Democratic Failures and the Ethics of Democracy’ LSE Philosophy | 28 November 2023Abstract: This talk will be an overview of my forthcoming book. The book is about the ways in which real-worl...

07/12/2023

📄 LSE Professor Jonathan Birch has published his latest paper ‘Medical AI, inductive risk and the communication of uncertainty: the case of disorders of consciousness’ in the Journal of Medical Ethics

How should we manage and communicate our uncertainty when a patient with a brain injury is unresponsive – and may or may not be conscious? In his new paper, Jonathan Birch is reflecting on this problem: https://jme.bmj.com/content/medethics/early/2023/11/17/jme-2023-109424.full.pdf?ijkey=7A4SGJ0cVAXhP8g&keytype=ref

06/12/2023

LSE Philosophy Professor Alex Voorhoeve and colleagues have now published their new paper ‘Criteria for the procedural fairness of health financing decisions: a scoping review’ in Health Policy and Planning – The journal on health policy and systems research.

▶ Link to the paper open access): https://academic.oup.com/heapol/article/38/Supplement_1/i13/7420205

05/12/2023

📄 The Philosophy of Physics journal: First issue now online!

The open access journal is published by LSE Press on behalf of the Philosophy of Physics Society. Philosophy of Physics aims to be a flagship journal for the field and to span the various different axes of philosophy of physics: metaphysical, historical, mathematical, practice-oriented (and more). It is intended for all researchers in philosophy of physics and for interested readers in cognate disciplines, including outside philosophy.

▶ Link to the first issue: https://philosophyofphysics.lse.ac.uk/1/volume/1/issue/1

Open PhD Position at LSE Philosophy 29/11/2023

Open PhD Position at for a fully funded 4-year PhD degree, as part of the ‘Not in My Name!’ project. Applications close 15 January 2024.

More and link to the job portal:

Open PhD Position at LSE Philosophy LSE Philosophy seeks to recruit one research student for a fully funded 4-year PhD degree, as part of the ‘Not in My Name!’ project. Applications close 15 January 2023. The NIMN PhD Scholarship The…

The Epistemology of Peace 28/11/2023

New LSE Blog Article by Ariana Razavi now online!

What would it take to build a peaceful world? This is undoubtedly, in part, a political question; one that has been primarily attempted to be understood though a political lens and actualised through political means. But like many political questions, and social phenomena more broadly, examining the underpinnings of peace may reveal that it has epistemic foundations. In other words, there may be knowledge conditions for global peace, not just political conditions:

The Epistemology of Peace We are happy to share a very special blog post by Ariana Razavi, winner of our LSE Philosophy Peace Prize 2023. Introduction by Professor Jonathan Birch: It’s a pleasure to introduce winner of the …

Why study at LSE Philosophy? Part 2 27/11/2023

Why study at ? Our two LSE Philosophy Alumni Leticia García Martínez and Hamza King (both MSc Philosophy and Public Policy) are sharing their experience studying at and how their degree has benefited their careers.

Why study at LSE Philosophy? Part 2 Our two Alumni Leticia García Martínez and Hamza King (both MSc Philosophy and Public Policy) are sharing their experience studying ...

Open Position: Assistant Professor of Philosophy at LSE 23/11/2023

🚨 Deadline: 4 December!

▶ Assistant Professor of Philosophy at LSE with focus on Economics: https://www.lse.ac.uk/philosophy/blog/2023/10/02/open-position-assistant-professor-of-philosophy-at-lse/

▶ Assistant Professor of Philosophy at LSE with focus on Logic: https://www.lse.ac.uk/philosophy/blog/2023/09/04/open-position-professor-of-philosophy-2023/

Open Position: Assistant Professor of Philosophy at LSE Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method is searching for an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at LSE in London. Application deadline: 4 December 2023. The Department of Philosophy, Lo…

Should the House of Lords be more democratic? 21/11/2023

One of the key arguments in favour of an elected second chamber is that it would make the UK’s political system more democratic overall. However, an examination of the principles of representative democracy suggests that this is neither a necessary nor desirable reform for the House of Lords to fulfil its purpose, argues Fellow Adam Lovett in our latest blog post:

Should the House of Lords be more democratic? One of the key arguments in favour of an elected second chamber is that it would make the UK’s political system more democratic overall. However, an examination of the principles of representative …

New paper by Lorenzo Sartori: Model Organisms as Scientific Representations 20/11/2023

📄 LSE Philosophy PhD Student Lorenzo Sartori has published his new paper ‘Models Organisms as Scientific Representations’ in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.

New paper by Lorenzo Sartori: Model Organisms as Scientific Representations LSE Philosophy PhD Student Lorenzo Sartori has been published his new paper ‘Models Organisms as Scientific Representations’ in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. About …

07/11/2023

New book review online! 📚

In ‘Knowing Science’, Alexander Bird presents an epistemology of science that rejects empiricism and gives a central place to the concept of knowledge. Professor Jonathan Birch weighs in on the side of the human element in his new review of Alexander Bird’s book: https://academic.oup.com/mind/advance-article/doi/10.1093/mind/fzad048/7321998

On animal welfare, the UK should lead not fall behind 01/11/2023

The UK has historically been a leader on the protection of animals but efforts have weakened over recent years. In an LSE Blog Post, Professor and animal sentience expert Jonathan Birch argues that the animal welfare impact of all policy decisions must be taken into consideration if the country is to continue to be a force for raising standards in this area:

On animal welfare, the UK should lead not fall behind The UK has historically been a leader on the protection of animals but efforts have weakened over recent years. Jonathan Birch argues that the animal welfare impact of all policy decisions must be …

James Muldoon: 'Artificial Intelligence in the Colonial Matrix of Power' 29/10/2023

🎥 Recording online!

Popper Seminar by James Muldoon (University of Essex): Artificial Intelligence in the Colonial Matrix of Power

James Muldoon: 'Artificial Intelligence in the Colonial Matrix of Power' LSE Philosophy | 17 October 2023James Muldoon (University of Essex): Artificial Intelligence in the Colonial Matrix of PowerAbstract: This pap...

25/10/2023

Thinking about an MSc at ? Then join our Virtual Graduate Open Event!

📆 The session takes place online on Tuesday, 21 November, 4.00-5.00pm

The event allows prospective students to find out more about the master’s study opportunities offered by the department, followed by the opportunity for attendees to submit their own questions.

➡ Register now: https://lse.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZX3OneUITEC8-Wr5omGJng #/registration

New publication by Ali Boyle about cognitive science 24/10/2023

📄 Disagreement & classification in comparative cognitive science: New paper by Ali Boyle in Noûs:

New publication by Ali Boyle about cognitive science LSE Assistant Professor Ali Boyle just published her new paper ‘Disagreement & classification in comparative cognitive science’ in Noûs. About the paper: Comparative cognitive scien…

Fairness and risk attitudes: New publication by Richard Bradley 18/10/2023

📄 Fairness and risk attitudes: New publication by Richard Bradley (LSE Philosophy) and H. Orri Stefánsson (Stockholm University):

Fairness and risk attitudes: New publication by Richard Bradley Richard Bradley (LSE Philosophy) and H. Orri Stefánsson (Stockholm University) have now published a paper on ‘Fairness and risk attitudes’ online in Philosophical Studies. According to …

Fitting Things Together: Book Review by Richard Bradley 15/10/2023

📚 LSE Philosophy Professor Richard Bradley has published a book review of ‘Fitting Things Together: Coherence and the Requirements of Structural Rationality’ by Alex Worsnip:

Fitting Things Together: Book Review by Richard Bradley LSE Philosophy Professor Richard Bradley has published a book review of ‘Fitting Things Together: Coherence and the Requirements of Structural Rationality’ by Alex Worsnip. The review w…

11/10/2023

📄 LSE Philosophy Fellow Nikhil Venkatesh has published his new paper “Inefficacy, Pre-emption and Structural Injustice” in Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society.

Many pressing problems are of the following kind: some collection of actions of multiple people will produce some morally significant outcome (good or bad), but each individual action in the collection seems to make no difference to the outcome. More: https://academic.oup.com/aristotelian/advance-article/doi/10.1093/arisoc/aoad014/7275650

Open Position: Post-Doctoral Research Officer in Episodic Memory 10/10/2023

🚨 10 days until application deadline 🚨
The Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS) is searching for a Post-Doctoral Research Officer in Episodic Memory (Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Science). Application deadline: 20 October 2023.

More and link to the job portal:

Open Position: Post-Doctoral Research Officer in Episodic Memory The Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS) is searching for a Post-Doctoral Research Officer in Episodic Memory (Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Science).…

05/10/2023

📄 Andrea Blomkvist (CPNSS) and David F. Marks (Arles, France) have published a new paper titled “Defining and ‘diagnosing’ aphantasia: Condition or individual difference?” in Cortex.

This paper explores fundamental and methodological problems affecting aphantasia research and diagnosing.

Link to the paper: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0010945223002307

Open Position: Assistant Professor of Philosophy at LSE 02/10/2023

is searching for an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at LSE in London. Application deadline: 4 December 2023.

The area of research specialisation is open, but candidates must be willing and able to make a substantial research-led contribution to the Department’s core teaching on the MSc Philosophy and Public Policy, the BSc Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and/or the BSc in Philosophy and Economics:

Open Position: Assistant Professor of Philosophy at LSE Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method is searching for an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at LSE in London. Application deadline: 4 December 2023. The Department of Philosophy, Lo…

28/09/2023

As becomes commonplace, so do questions of the ethics surrounding it. Investigate the ethical tensions inherent in AI and develop a practical skill set with the Ethics of AI online masterclass - with content by Kate Vredenburgh and Thomas Ferretti, lead by Paola Romero. Registrations deadline: 3 October

Link to the class: https://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/online-learning/courses/ethics-of-ai-masterclass

Open Position: Post-Doctoral Research Officer in Episodic Memory 26/09/2023

🚨 Open Position 🚨

The Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS) is searching for a Post-Doctoral Research Officer in Episodic Memory (Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Science). Application deadline: 20 October 2023.

More and link to the job portal:

Open Position: Post-Doctoral Research Officer in Episodic Memory The Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS) is searching for a Post-Doctoral Research Officer in Episodic Memory (Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Science).…

Photos from LSE Philosophy's post 19/09/2023

It's finally Welcome Week at - a very warm welcome (back) to all our brilliant students! 📸 Here are some snapshots from the past two days - more to come!

17/09/2023

We are so excited to welcome (back) our students tomorrow for another fun term. We have a lot of events planned throughout the week and can't wait to meet everyone: https://www.lse.ac.uk/philosophy/welcome/

Open Position at CPNSS: Post-Doctoral Research Officer (Modeller) 07/09/2023

Deadline: 12 September - make sure to apply!

The Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS) at is looking to appoint a post-doctoral Research Officer on the European Research Council Advanced Grant Project “Genetically Evolving Models in Science” (‘GEMS’) working with Principal Investigator Professor Fernand Gobet:

Open Position at CPNSS: Post-Doctoral Research Officer (Modeller) The Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS) at LSE Philosophy is looking to appoint a post-doctoral Research Officer on the European Research Council Advanced Grant Project “Gen…

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