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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.

Lent Term 2024

18 January

Korinek, Anton. (2023) 'Generative AI for Economic Research: Use Cases and Implications for Economists', Journal of Economic Literature.

And if you have time:
Linegar, M., Kocielnik, R., and Alvarez, R.M. (2023) 'Large Language Models and Political Science', Frontiers in Political Science.

1 February

Stevenson, Megan T. (2023) 'Cause, Effect, and the Structure of the Social World', BU Law Review.

15 February

Humphreys, M., and Jacobs, A.M. Integrated Inferences: Causal Models for Qualitative and Mixed-Method Research. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2023 (excerpts, TBD).

29 February

Humphreys and Jacobs continued (we will decide on the exact chapters at the prior meeting).