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Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society


Colleagues are very welcome at the following events hosted by CHESS and K4U (ERC project) this academic year

CHESS Seminar Series 2017/18: Dr Fernando Morett (LSE)

15th November 2017, 17:00 to 19:00, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study

Title: Self-Interest, Design and Policy-Making


David Hume has been largely read as a philosopher but not as a scientist. In talk 1) I discuss his work exclusively as a case of science. I compare the combined moral psychology of self-interest and sympathy he argues for with the moral
psychology of universal self-interest from Bernard Mandeville, presenting the controversy between the two as a case of theory choice using inductive support, experimentum crucis and simplicity as criteria. 2) I also discuss how the psychology of universal self-interest is currently used in policy-making and design in economics and political science.

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