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October 2018

Sleep

15 October 2018 | 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 2018 | 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 2018 | 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 2018 | 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 2018 | 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 2018 | 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 2018 | 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 2018 | 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 2018 | 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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January 2019

War

15 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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Is war part of human nature? Is killing in war ever justified? What can be done to make future wars less likely and less devastating?

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W. E. B. Du Bois

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

Though best known as a sociologist, Du Bois made numerous contributions to philosophy. We discuss his life and philosophical work on race, propaganda, and science.

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The Politics of Memorials

29 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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Some people and events are remembered by communities, others forgotten. Who and what ought to be remembered? Should some memorials be removed? And who should decide?

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February 2019

Philosophy and Psychiatry

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

Contemporary psychiatry is closer to science than philosophy. Exploring historical and contemporary cases, we explore how philosophy can enrich psychiatry, in theory and in practice.

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Being an Ally

13 February | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, 99 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4JF United Kingdom
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We reflect on what being an ally means, when or if allies are important, and why some attempts end in failure.

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Doping

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

Performance-enhancing drugs are banned in sports, but should they be? And what about ‘smart drugs’? We’re getting philosophical about all things doping, competing, and cheating.

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