Friends of CPNSS

Download our brochure for more information on how to become a friend of CPNSSThis new fund raising initiative was launched in March 2011 with an inaugural Lecture by Professor Anthony Grayling. The project looks to provide funding for The Centre’s outreach initiatives. From administrative costs to the necessary overheads to support research, every penny of a Friend’s contribution helps towards The Centre’s highly ambitious intellectual programme.

For more than twenty years, The Centre has been dedicated to exploring the fundamentals of the natural and social sciences. From its home in the world-class London School of Economics and Political Science, The Centre reaches across disciplines, makes a nonsense of national boundaries, sponsors research and hosts seminars, conferences, workshops and lectures. As a Friend of The Centre you can engage in this nexus of endeavour and take part in a rich programme of events that puts you at the source, not the margin.

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New Book

Group AgenceNew book by Christian List and Philip Pettit: Group Agency: The Possibility, Design and Status of Corporate Agents

Are companies, churches, and states genuine agents? Or are they just collections of individuals that give a misleading impression of unity? This question is important, since the answer dictates how we should explain the behaviour of these entities and whether we should treat them as responsible and accountable on the model of individual agents. Group Agency offers a new approach to that question and is relevant, therefore, to a range of fields from philosophy to law, politics, and the social sciences. Christian List and Philip Pettit argue that there really are group or corporate agents, over and above the individual agents who compose them, and that a proper approach to the social sciences, law, morality, and politics must take account of this fact. Unlike some earlier defences of group agency, their account is entirely unmysterious in character and, despite not being technically difficult, is grounded in cutting-edge work in social choice theory, economics, and philosophy.

Author: Christian List and Philip Pettit
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2011
ISBN: 978-0-19-959156-5

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How the blind view art

Simon Hayhoe

Dr Simon Hayhoe, visiting academic in LSE’s Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, has won a Fulbright All-Disciplines Scholar Award to study blind and visually impaired people’s understanding of paintings in galleries and on the web, as part of a visiting fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The research project, which will start in July 2011, intends to survey and interview English
speaking people of all ages who are registered blind and who visit the Metropolitan, in order to discover:

  • their strategies for conceptualising paintings
  • the problems blind and visually impaired museum visitors encounter whilst visiting the Metropolitan
  • whether blind and visually impaired museum visitors ‘picture’ images
  • how blind and visually impaired museum visitors imagine paintings’ subjects and compositions
  • what understanding blind and visually impaired museum visitors have of visual concepts discussed in the composition of paintings, and in particular: tone, perspective, and colour

The research will contribute to a new book on arts, blindness and technology, and will help to inform arts teachers and curators in the UK and US, as well as future web developments for people wanting to make paintings accessible to blind and visually impaired people through the web.

For more information on the project, email Dr Hayhoe at

CPNSS director receives lifetime achievement award

Rom Harre Professor Rom Harré, director of the Centre for Natural and Social Science at LSE, has been awarded a lifetime achievement award from the American Psychological Association (Division 24).

The award, established in 1998, is one of the Association’s highest awards, and recognises one of its members each year for life-time scholarly achievement.

Kareen Ror Malone, president of the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology of the American Psychological Association explained: ‘Professor Harré’s numerous and significant contributions to psychology made him the most highly deserving recipient of this award.’

On receiving the award, Professor Harré said: ‘Psychological understanding is vital in many areas of our lives, and it is cheering that the efforts my friends and I have made to reshape psychology as a science have been recognised.’

As the award recipient, Professor Harré will receive recognition at the mid-winter meeting and the annual American Psychological Association meeting in San Diego. He has also been invited to present an address, appropriately named the Distinguished Scholarly Contributor Address, at the August 2010 national convention of the American Psychological Association.

New book by Professor Rom Harré, Director of the CPNSS

Pavlov's Dog & Schrodinger's Cat

Pavlov’s Dogs and Schrödinger’s Cat: tales from the living laboratory

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