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Record numbers of measles cases are emerging and vaccination rates are on the decline. Despite the research that fuelled the anti-vaccination scare being discredited, the anti-vax movement appears as strong as ever. Why does this medical scepticism persist, and how might it be tackled? Or might there be times when scepticism is justified? And if so, how are we to determine when we should and when we should not trust the experts? We discuss the causes of and cures for distrust in medical expertise.



Rohin Francis
Cardiologist, UCL & comedian

Katherine Furman
Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Liverpool

Heidi Larson
Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science, LSHTM

Jonathan Birch
Fellow, Forum for Philosophy
Associate Professor of Philosophy, LSE


Co-sponsored by the British Society for the Philosophy of Science


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The State, Borders, and People

Refugee crises, independence movements, Brexit: so many political problems in recent times stem from the how we envisage the proper relationship between states and people. In this week’s collection, we’re probing the historical, philosophical, and political ideas behind the headlines.

The State, Borders, and People

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