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May 2018

Affirmative Action

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

‘Affirmative action’ is one response to the underrepresentation of women and minorities. But what is it and why does it generate so much controversy?

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Animals 

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

Humans have always co-existed with animals. If we seriously acknowledge our relationships with other animals, what does this mean for ethics, art, friendship, and technology?

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Reason

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

Since at least the Enlightenment, philosophers have argued over the relationship between reason and knowledge. Why? And what hangs on the answer?

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Death

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

Can medicine, technology, art, and philosophy help us understand death? We bring together practitioners and thinkers to discuss the possibility of a good death.

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June 2018

Football

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

Why is it football, above all sports, that so many philosophers revere? We give it 110% in pursuit of the beautiful game.

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October 2018

Artificial Meat

8 October | 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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Lab-grown meat promises burgers and foie gras without the side-order of animal suffering and environmental damage. Is fake meat a real solution to these problems?

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Sleep

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

We explore the science, philosophy, and literature of sleep. In an age of mindfulness, is there something to be said for sleepfulness too?

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Imagination in Science

24 October | 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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Do stories count as scientific explanations? Do thought experiments generate knowledge? We explore how imagination and creativity balance with facts in science.

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Pragmatism

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

Pragmatism is the great American contribution to philosophy, with serious implications for politics, philosophy, and science. Join us to discuss ‘doing what works’.

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November 2018

Dance

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

What can we learn from dance? And can we learn through dance? We discuss how dance can inform debates about knowledge.

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Biography

14 November | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, 99 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4JF United Kingdom
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Can biography can be a form of philosophical engagement? And how does life inflect philosophy? Or should we distinguish between a philosopher’s life and work?

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Black Holes

21 November | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, 99 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4JF United Kingdom
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What are black holes? What happens inside one? We discuss black holes, philosophy, and the relationship between science and sci-fi.

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Being Disabled

28 November | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, 99 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4JF United Kingdom
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We will consider disability as it has been understood across history and cultures, and ask whether the term ‘disability’ captures the diversity of disabled experience.

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December 2018

Bad Language

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

Language is political and powerful, and some language is just not okay in polite company. We navigate the deeper issues around swearing, slurring, and slander.

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Protest Art

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

We discuss the limits and possibilities of protest art. Can making good art be balanced with making a political statement?

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