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A Science of Human Nature?

Philosophical Disputes at the Interface of Natural and Social Science

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Event: Darwinism and the Social Sciences

last modified Mar 09, 2016 12:13 PM

29 February | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A growing number of researchers are applying Darwinian ideas to explain aspects of human society, but this work has long been controversial. Is a Darwinian theory of culture possible? If so, what should such a theory look like? In what ways should it differ from a theory of biological evolution? Does the ‘meme’ concept have any value? How should we think about cultural inheritance, if not in terms of memes? In this interdisciplinary discussion, philosopher Tim Lewens, social anthropologist Christina Toren and cultural evolution theorist Alex Mesoudi debate these and other questions concerning Darwinism and the social sciences.

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Tim Lewens, Professor of Philosophy of Science (University of Cambridge)
Alex Mesoudi, Associate Professor in Cultural Evolution (University of Exeter)
Christina Toren, Professor of Social Anthropology (University of St. Andrews)

Andrew Buskell, Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method (LSE)

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSELondon, WC2A 3LJ United Kingdom 

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