New Academic Building, London School of Economics

New Academic Building, London School of Economics
54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LJ

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Citizen Science

From medicine and GMOs to cyber-security and climate change, scientific research is vital to modern life. On the other hand, many of us struggle to get to grips with its increasingly complexity. How does this fit with our ideals of democracy? And in an era of mistrust of experts, does science have a legitimacy problem?

Existentialism Is Easy

'Why are there beings at all instead of nothing?', asks Martin Heidegger in his Introduction to Metaphysics. In this panel, we explore the ideas of being and nothing as described by existentialism's most famous thinkers: Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Albert Camus. We ask what is the allure of the…

The House That Philosophy Built

This panel will consider the ways in which philosophers have engaged with architecture and explores how architects have thought philosophically about their own work. Are there are philosophical ideals at the heart of civic building projects and social housing programmes? What are the principles of good design and how…

The Minds Of Whales

What is it like to be a whale? How do they think and what do they feel? How are their social groups structured, and how do whale 'cultures' arise? And how has human thought and human culture been influenced by interaction with whales? In this dialogue, two internationally recognized whale experts - prize-winning author…

Music And The Absolute

In the film Amadeus, Mozart remarks that 'his composition has the exact amount of notes', hinting at some kind of Absolute. For contemporary composer Nimrod Borenstein, there is only one solution: the right number of notes at the right place, as if his music had always existed. Are there philosophical arguments that…

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On Objects

We tend to pay more attention to living beings than objects, failing to notice the complexities of the things that surround us, neglecting the differences between 'the obsidian fragment, the gypsum crystal, the capsicum pepper, and the propane flame' (Ian Bogost). But what if we are wrong to think of objects as inert and…

Philosophy And Nazism

Nazism pervaded every level of German society, and philosophers were not immune. While much scholarship has understandably focused on recriminations of key figures, tonight's panel reflect on some broader questions raised: Can philosophy help us understand the nature of evil? And does thinking philosophically really help…

The Social Lives Of Microbes

What are microbial societies? In what ways do they resemble human societies and in what ways do they differ? Can the same ideas that explain cooperation in larger animals also explain cooperation in microbes? And what can we learn from microbes about what it is to be human? In this panel discussion, philosopher Maureen…

To Be Born: Birth, Existence And Responsibility

In this event, world-renowned philosopher Luce Irigaray will speak about her new book, To Be Born, which reflects upon the nature of human existence through an analysis of birth. Examining the mysteries of human origins, Irigaray will discuss the ways in which, despite the accidents of our birth, we can take…

To Infinity And Beyond: Psychoanalysis, Philosophy And Literature

What does the infinite mean to us as finite beings? Can we root our thinking in the finite, or does the idea of the infinite always return? Does thinking philosophically about the infinite inevitably lead us to theology? Is the idea of the infinite of any use to us today? Thinkers from philosophy, psychoanalysis, and…

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