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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


Calculating People is a reading group on current and past social sciences with a special focus on their methodological controversies. All postgraduate researchers are welcome to join, but participants undertake to do the readings ahead of time and endeavour to attend all meetings. The format is in-person with a possibility of a Zoom link if it proves practical.

The meetings take place fortnightly on Thursdays, 1–2pm in the Board Room. Organised by Anna Alexandrova.

Michaelmas Term 2023

5 October

Daniel Nettle, Willem E. Frankenhuis, Karthik Panchanathan, 'Biology, Society, or Choice: How Do Non-Experts Interpret Explanations of Behaviour?', Open Mind 2023; 7 625–651.

19 October

Ross, L. N. (2023), 'What is social structural explanation? A causal account', Noûs, 00, 1–17.

2 November

Herzog, Lisa, 'Experts in Democracies', Citizen Knowledge: Markets, Experts, and the Infrastructure of Democracy (New York, 2023; online edn, Oxford Academic, 24 Aug. 2023).

16 November

DesRoches, C. Tyler, S. Andrew Inkpen, and Tom L. Green, 'The eroding artificial-natural distinction? Some consequences for ecology and economics', Contemporary Philosophy and Social Science: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue (2019): 39–57. And Nagatsu, M. (2019), 'Commentary: Toward a Philosophy and Methodology for Interdisciplinary Research', Contemporary Philosophy and Social Science: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue, 59–66.