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The Dialectic

The Dialectic is a new, experimental seminar series premised on the notion that the format of a constructive dialogue (not: debate) is uniquely well-suited for the exposition and analysis of novel ideas and unconventional views on the nature of history, philosophy, science and everything in between.

Each session shall take the form of a dialogue between a Proponent and an Opponent. The Proponent shall advance a thesis, about which they will be questioned by the Opponent. The Opponent may seek to rebut the Proponent's thesis, defend their own counter-thesis, or simply question the Proponent so as to better understand their reasoning.

In the academic year 2019–2020, The Dialectic will be held on a termly basis. For questions, please contact the organiser, Bobby Vos (bfmv2).

Michaelmas Term 2019

Tuesday 29 October, 11am, Seminar Room 1
Hasok Chang (proponent) and Tim Lewens (opponent)
Thesis: Scientific knowledge is about real objects, which are constrained creations of our minds

Lent Term 2020


Easter Term 2020