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Durham University

Knowledge for Use (K4U)

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CHESS Seminar Series 2018/19: Dr Ioannis Votsis (New College of the Humanities, London)

2nd May 2019, 14:00 to 16:00, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study

Informed Voting

One consequence of the rise of large-scale societies has been the division of labour. Such a division allows people to specialise in certain areas by training and developing skills and ideas over long periods. This in turn improves efficiency. Those who specialise at doing something, do it faster, better and/or with less energy. They also make more informed decisions about their respective domains. Indeed, we expect such people to be well-informed. We can draw on this expectation to formulate the following norm: To increase the chances of effectively discharging domain-specific duties, one ought to be (as) well-informed in that domain (as practically possible). This norm, which we can aptly call the 'informed-ness norm', is not, and arguably should not, be adhered to with respect to every domain or decision. In this talk, I ask the question whether the informed-ness norm should be adhered to in the domain of political voting. I make the case that it should and consider two voting systems, John Stuart Mill's plural voting and my own, that attempt to incorporate some sort of adherence to the informedness norm.

I then proceed to evaluate each system's pros and cons. I conclude the talk with some remarks about what needs to be in place before we adopt voting systems such as the aforementioned.

All welcome and refreshments provided – please contact the Centre Administrator at admin.chess@durham.ac.uk to confirm attendance

Contact admin.chess@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


11 October 2019, K4U Values Workshop, Durham, UK

K4U Workshop on 'Values'

Wednesday 4 December 2019

Joint Event with Michela Massimi. Collaboration meeting with ERC Consolidator Grant: "Perspectival Realism. Science, knowledge and truth from a human vantage point, Edinburgh, UK

Past Events

15-16 July 2019, CHESS/K4U/BSPS Conference: Reviving Instrumentalism in Philosophy of Science, Durham, UK

Two day conference entitled 'Reviving Instrumentalism in Philosophy of Science’. Supported by: The Department of Philosophy (Durham University); The British Society for Philosophy of Science (BSPS); The Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) and the Knowledge for Use (K4U) project.

14-15 June 2019, Conference in Memory of David Marcus Knight, Durham, UK

CHESS/K4U/SHAC (Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry) Conference

30 May 2019, Philosophy of Statistics Workshop, Durham, UK

CHESS/K4U Workshop: Speakers: Prof David Hendry (University of Oxford); 'Robust Model Selection' (joint paper with Jennifer L. Castle and Jurgen A. Doornik

10 May 2019, Evidence Amalgamation Workshop, University College, Cork, Ireland

UCC/K4U Workshop: 'Evidence Amalgamation'

1 May 2019, Workshop 'Adequacy for Purpose', Durham, UK

CHESS/K4U Workshop: 'Adequacy for Purpose', Speakers: Wendy Parker (Durham), Paul Pearce (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory), Joe Roussos (LSE), Mark von Rosing (Global University Alliance).

21 March 2019, Durham, UK

CHESS/K4U Workshop: 'Science Policy and Political Science', visiting speakers: Prof Sharon Crasnow (Norco College) and Dr Inkeri Koskinen (University of Helsinki).

27-29 November 2018, Università Ca' Foscari, Venice, Italy

K4U Conference: 'Understanding the Underlying Structure'.

20 November 2018, Manchester, UK

K4U Presentation to the 'Working Well Programme', Greater Manchester Health and Employment Board - 'Mental Health in the EU' Case Study

8 November 2018 - Durham, UK

CHESS Seminar Series: 'The analysis of presence and absence, or the reality of absence, in the use of fuzzy sets and Qualitative Comparative Analysis', visiting speaker: Prof. Wendy Olsen, (University of Manchester).

6 November 2018, Durham, UK

K4U Workshop: 'Evidence based case studies', Jeremy Clarke and visiting speaker: Bill Styles.

26 October 2018, LSE, London, UK

K4U Workshop: 'Changing the structures - and changing them well', visiting speaker: Eimir Hurley (Trinity College Dublin).

27 July 2018, Manchester, UK

Mental Health in the EU, Case Study Report presentation to Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

27 June 2018, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

K4U Workshop on 'Deliberation', visiting speakers: James Copestake (University of Bath) and Alfred Moore (University of York).

15 May 2018, Institute of Advanced Studies, Durham, UK

CHESS/IAS/K4U Workshop Series: 'Thinking Ecologically about Policy and Structure', Workshop 2: 'Two approached to mapping social structure? (Systems theory; Ecology)', Nancy Cartwright and Hakan Seckinelgin.

15 November 2017, Durham, UK

CHESS/K4U Seminar: 'Self-Interest, Design and Policy-Making', visiting speaker: Fernando Morrett (London School of Economics).

31 October 2017, Institute of Advanced Studies, Durham, UK

CHESS/IAS/K4U Workshop Series: 'Thinking Ecologically about Policy and Structure', Workshop 1: 'Learning how to affect change in stable structures', Nancy Cartwright and Hakan Seckinelgin.

30 October 2017, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College, London, UK

Mental Health and Justice Seminar, 'Objectivity and Evidence', Nancy Cartwright, Jeremy Clarke and Andrew Fletcher.

15 June 2017, LSE, London, UK

K4U Workshop: 'Social Sciences & Randomised Controlled Trials', organiser: Hakan Seckinelgin, visiting speaker: Dr. Tamara Giles-Vernick (Pasteur Institute, Paris)

14 June 2017, LSE, London, UK

K4U Full team meeting.

22 May 2017, London, UK

Improving Child Safety Book Release, organised by Prof. Eileen Munro.

10 May 2017, Durham, UK

Improving Child Safety Book Release, organised by Prof. Nancy Cartwright.

8 May 2017, LSE, London, UK

K4U Workshop: 'Judgement and Deliberation', organised by Dr. Katherine Furman, visiting speakers: Christian List (LSE); Anouk Rigterink (Oxford); Tony Holland (Cambridge); Elizabeth Fistein (Cambridge); Wayne Martin (University of Essex).

17 March 2017, LSE, London, UK

K4U Seminar: 'Single Case Reseach Design in Pschotherapy', organised by Jeremy Clarke and Katherine Furman, visiting speaker: Bruce Wampold (University of Wisconsin).

8 March 2017, Durham, UK

K4U Interdisciplinarity Workshop: 'Bringing the Disciplines Together at the Point of Action', organised by Julian Reiss, visiting speaker: Prof. Michael O'Rourke (Michigan State University).

7 March 2017, Durham, UK

Meeting with Lloyds TSB Foundation Scotland, 'Everyone Has a Story', organised by Prof. Linda McKie.

25-26 October 2016, Durham, UK

K4U Project Annual Conference -- meeting of full team.

3 June 2016, Durham, UK

K4U Workshop Series: 'Talking Therapies', Workshop 2: 'What should an evidence-based pathway for improving work and wellbeing look like to the people who are on it?', organised by Jeremy Clarke, visiting speaker: Prof. Robert Elliott (University of Strathclyde)

26 May 2016, Durham, UK

K4U Workshop, 'Context Matters: Understanding How the System Works', organised by Nancy Cartwright, visiting speaker: Prof. Sandra Mitchell (University of Pittsburgh).

12 May 2016, Durham, UK

CHESS/K4U Seminar: 'Will the Chilcot report tell the full stort about the British military intervention in Iraq?', visiting speaker: Marie-Hélène Labbé (International Institute for Strategic Studies).

11 May 2016, Durham, UK

CHESS/K4U Workshop: 'Utilitarianism and Medicine: Past and Present Perspective', visiting speaker: Cathy Gere (University of California, San Diego).

10 May 2016, Institute of Advanced Studies, Durham, UK

CHESS/IAS/K4U Workshop Series (IAS Theme 2015/16: Evidence): 'Evidence Synthesis by Building a Case', Workshop 3: 'What will work in my school? What does evidence say?'

3 May 2016, Institute of Advanced Studies, Durham, UK

CHESS/IAS/K4U Workshop Series (IAS Theme 2015/16: Evidence): 'Evidence Synthesis by Building a Case', Workshop 2: 'Amalgamation and the Principle of Total Evidence'

27 April 2016, Durham, UK

K4U Workshop Series: 'Talking Therapies', Workshop 1: 'What evidence works best for which NICE therapy?', organised by Jeremy Clarke, visiting speaker: Prof. Robert Elliott (University of Strathclyde)

16 February 2016, LSE, London, UK

K4U Full team meeting.

10 December 2015, London, UK

K4U Full team meeting.

10 November 2015, Institute of Advanced Studies, Durham, UK

CHESS/IAS/K4U Workshop Series (IAS Theme 2015/16: Evidence): 'Evidence Synthesis by Building a Case', Workshop 1: 'Evidence Amalgamation: Weighing the Evidence v Building a Case'