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Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science

Lakatos Building
London School of Economics
7 Portugal Street 

London WC2A 2HJ

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7573
Fax: +44 (0)20 7955 6869

Email: philcent@lse.ac.uk

Office hours: Mon-Fri 10:15am - 2:15pm


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Please visit the LSE Philosophy Calendar to see all events organised at the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS), the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, and the Forum for European Philosophy (FEP).

We look forward to welcoming you.  


3 May, 2016 – Roman Frigg wins Bessel Research Award

Congratulations go to Roman Frigg who has won the prestigious Bessel Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award is given to recognise Roman’s accomplishments in research and to support his future work.


21 April, 2016 – Influencing reform in EU voting structure

Professor Moshé Machover's work for the Voting Power & Procedures (VPP) project has been featured as part of the LSE's research Impact series.

Professor Machover is Emeritus Professor at King's College, London and a Research Associate of the Centre. Along with Visiting Research Fellow, Rudy Fara, Professor Machover founded the VPP project with the aim of informing decision makers and their advisers, the media and the general public on key issues in voting theory, policy and its application.

As you can see from the impact case study, the work of the VPP project directly influenced the design of an EU voting system that would ensure all citizens an equal voice.


6 April, 2016 – In Search of Smart, Sustained and Inclusive Growth

On 4 April, this conference considered perspectives from Japan, China and globally, and discussed how to achieve smart, sustained and inclusive growth at a time of technological change and numerous other challenges. In attendence were Vince Cable, former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Valdis Dombrovskis,  European Commissioner for the Euro and Social Dialogue.

To find out more view the full programme and the transcript from Mr Dombrovskis' speech: "In Search of Growth – Growth Perspective of Europe". You can also view photos from the conference on the LSE Philosophy Flickr page.

Professor Paul Anand's new book: Happiness Explained

23 March, 2016 – New book by Paul Anand

CPNSS Research Associate, and Professor of Economics at the Open University, Paul Anand has published a new book entitled Happiness Explained

In this book, Professor Anand seeks to answer the following question: what is human happiness and how we can promote it? In answering this, the book draws upon research from economics, psychology, and philosophy, as well as a range of other disciplines, to outline a new paradigm in which human flourishing plays a central role in the assessment of national and global progress.

Discussing wide-ranging aspects, from parenting, decent employment, friendship, education, and health in old age, through to money, autonomy, and fairness, as well as personal strategies and governmental polices used in the pursuit of happiness, Happiness Explained offers a science-based understanding of human flourishing.

Further information is available on the publisher's website.

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Choice Group

The LSE Choice Group is a group of philosophers, political scientists and economists based mainly at the LSE and with a shared interest in the theory of rational decision making in individuals and groups and its application to economic, political and social questions.

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Managing Severe Uncertainty

In collaboration with economists and climate scientists in other departments at LSE (and elsewhere), this project has the following objectives: to examine policy decision making under conditions of severe uncertainty; to study scientific models that are both imperfect and non-linear, especially those of the climate and of climate change; to study the implications for climate policy-making of the inherent limitations we face in making predictions about relevant climate variables, in relation both to our ability to assess the impact of possible interventions and to our ethical assessment of them, and to propose techniques for dealing with these limitations.


Sigma Club

The Sigma Club is the Philosophy of Physics Project's seminar series. It hosts talks dealing with issues in the philosophy, methodology and foundations of modern physics, broadly construed. Seminars take place in the seminar room of CPNSS (LAK.2.06) on selected Mondays. Everybody is welcome to attend. 

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BSPS London Meetings

The CPNSS hosts the annual London Meetings of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science.