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January 2018

Culture under Fire

17 January | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom + Google Map

From the recent destruction of Palmyra and the looting of the National Museum of Iraq, cultural artefacts are one of the many casualties of armed conflict. Our speakers discuss the political and ethical issues around culture in war zones.

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Being Alone

24 January | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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How does solitude differ from loneliness? And in an age of increasing social atomization, can we think about our lonely condition in ways that might allow us to overcome it? We explore the idea of loneliness as an aesthetic and socio-political phenomena, as well as an existential question.

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The Politics of Marriage

31 January | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, 99 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4JF United Kingdom
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Marriage is an odd mix of sex, religion, and politics. Is it possible to have an ‘equal’ marriage, or is marriage fundamentally an oppressive institution? Our speakers ask what marriage is and whether there is there any distinctive moral value in it.

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February 2018

The Young Wittgenstein

7 February | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Royal Institute of Philosophy, 14 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0AR United Kingdom
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To celebrate its centenary, we revisit Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. An unusual work of philosophy by any standard, it was written on the front lines during World War I and in it, Wittgenstein felt that he had solved all the problems of philosophy. We take a look back at the man, his early life and work, and consider why his thinking has been of such enduring interest.

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What Is It Really Like to Be a Bat?

14 February | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE, London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom + Google Map

Are bats conscious, and how can we tell? What is it like to use sound to navigate? This dialogue brings together a philosopher and a bat scientist to explore a well-known philosophical puzzle and the latest research into the minds of bats.

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The Evolution of Altruism

24 February | 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE, London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom + Google Map

If evolution is a 'struggle for existence', why do we witness so much altruism in nature? From bacteria to baboons, the natural world is full of spectacular examples of organisms cooperating with one another. We will discuss the evolution of altruism in microbes, insects, humans, and the cells of our own bodies.

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The Algorithmic Age

27 February | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE, London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom + Google Map

From the targeted marketing of political campaigns to the predictive typing that preempts your Google search, machines may know us better than we know ourselves. But should we trust in the algorithm or find ways to outwit it?

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March 2018

Being Disabled

7 March | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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What is disability? How has disabled experience been understood historically and across different cultures? Our panel will discuss the presentation of disability in the arts and in discussion of the human.

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The Philosophy of Race

14 March | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom
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What is race and why is it so significant? Is it simply another form of social classification grounded in inequality, conflict, and violence? If so, how are we to understand race as a resource for cultural cohesion rooted in shared histories?

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