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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 to confirm attendance.


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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