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March 2019

Disgust

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

We explore the ‘rich universe of the disgusting’ and ask what disgust can teach us about art, morality and the self.

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April 2019

Plants

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

Plants process information, solve problems, and communicate. But do they think? We explore the minds of plants.

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May 2019

Schopenhauer

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

Arthur Schopenhauer's work dealt with Eastern philosophy, human suffering, art, and much more. We discuss his life, thought, and continuing relevance in the twenty-first century.

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On Strike

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

Why do strikes happen? When are they justified? What makes for a successful strike? We explore the history, politics, and ethics of strikes.

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The Philosophers’ Book Club

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

At the Philosopher’s Book Club, our panel of philosophers discuss new work in fiction and non-fiction. Join us as we explore Deborah Levy's The Cost of Living.

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Replication Crisis?

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

Results from a number of key experiments in the human sciences have been thrown into doubt. What does this replication crisis mean for trust in science?

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June 2019

Molyneux’s Problem

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

Could someone who only experienced shapes by touch, later recognize them by sight alone? We explore responses to William Molyneux’s famous thought experiment.

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October 2019

Multiculturalism and Animal Ethics

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

What should we do when cultural or religious traditions appear to conflict with current ideas about animal welfare?

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Philosophy as Therapy?

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

There is a rich tradition of claiming therapeutic powers for philosophy, but if philosophy is the love of wisdom, what if ignorance is bliss?

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A Right to a Home?

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

‘Home’ means more than a roof over our head; it’s crucial to our well-being. What might it mean to have a right to a home?

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The Ethical Human

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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Where do our ideas of right and wrong come from? With perspectives from evolutionary anthropology, psychology, and philosophy, we discuss the emergence of Homo moralis.

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The Occult

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

Join us as we delve into the mystic just in time for Halloween. How does philosophy contend with the mysterious and the inexplicable?

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November 2019

Aristotle Now

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

Aristotle may be well known, but is he still relevant? Almost two and a half millennia on, what can he tell us about modern life?

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Anatomy of a Language

12 November | 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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There’s more to grammar than meets the eye. We probe the philosophical underpinnings of grammar and how it functions in communication, understanding, and even humour.

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Do the Clothes Maketh the Human?

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

What do clothes say about us? Can judgements about beauty be ethically right or wrong? We explore the philosophy and politics of fashion and beauty.

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