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CHESS Seminar Series 2017/18

(19 October 2017)

Dr Fernando Morett from the London School of Economics will give this seminar entitled 'Self-Interest, Design and Policy-Making' on Wednesday, 15 November at 5pm in the Seminar Room at the Institute of Advanced Study. All are welcome and refreshments will be provided. Please contact the Centre Administrator at admin.chess@durham.ac.uk to confirm attendance.

Abstract:

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.

Link to paper free download: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/12380/

For more information: https://www.dur.ac.uk/chess/

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