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Dept of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
London School of Economics
Houghton Street, London,



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About the Department

The London School of Economics and Political Science is one of the world's leading research and teaching centres in the social sciences. Situated in the heart of London, its location and academic reputation make it a most exciting place to study.

The Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at LSE

Karl Popper, the founder of the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, moved to the LSE after publishing The Logic of Scientific Discovery (1935), The Poverty of Historicism (1944) and The Open Society and its Enemies (1945). Popper was one the foremost defenders of democratic liberalism in political philosophy, which made the London School of Economics and Political Science a natural home for him. Critical rationalism was the cornerstone not only of his political philosophy but also of his views on the nature and practice of the natural and the social sciences.  It was through Popper's efforts that falsificationism entered public consciousness as the defining criterion of the nature of science. Both he and his successor Imre Lakatos, who joined the department in 1960, were instrumental in shaping 20th century philosophy of science.

The Department's longstanding reputation in the philosophy of natural science is now matched by its strength in the philosophy of economics and social science, most notably in methodology and rational choice theory and philosophy of public policy. We are committed to teaching and research that makes a significant difference not only in philosophy and the philosophies of the various sciences, but also in the practice of the sciences themselves-from economics and political science to physics, biology and medicine.

The range of postgraduate masters degrees offered by the Department reflects its strengths: it offers four different MSc programmes, each dedicated to the teaching of one of its particular specialties. The MSc programmes are complemented by a PhD programme which creates an active intellectual environment with students working in philosophy of science, philosophy of physics, philosophy of economics, philosophy and public policy, rational choice and scientific methodology.

The Department is closely associated with the Centre for the Philosophy of the Natural and the Social Sciences, which hosts leading visiting scholars and supports a range of research projects, seminars and lecture series, and with the Forum for European Philosophy, which runs a full and varied programme of philosophy and interdisciplinary events aimed at the general public. The Department administers the prestigious Lakatos prize for an outstanding book in philosophy of science and hosts the annual Auguste Comte Memorial Lectures by a leading scholar in the philosophy of social science.

London provides a philosophical environment that is beyond compare. The Department is a member of the Institute of Philosophy in the School of Advanced Study in the University of London, which organises a large number of conferences, seminars, and public lectures every year, and which supports lecture series such as the Logic and Metaphysics Forum and the Aesthetics Forum. Other London Colleges run seminars and lectures that are open to LSE students, and the meetings of the Aristotelian Society, the Royal Institute of Philosophy, as well as the British Society for the Philosophy of Science are held in London.

Academic Staff: Jason McKenzie Alexander, Jonathan BirchLuc BovensRichard BradleyPeter DennisRoman Frigg, Andrew KhouryChristian List, Anna MahtaniDavid Makinson, Joseph Mazor, Michael OtsukaWlodek RabinowiczMiklos Redei, Bryan Roberts, Katie Steele, Alex VoorhoeveGabriel Wollner, and John Worrall.

Emeritus Staff: Professor Nancy Cartwright, Professor Colin Howson

Visiting Staff, Guest Lecturers, and Associates: Catherine Audard, Nick Baigent, Adam CaultonWulf GaertnerCasey Helgeson, Marie Milofsky, Alice Obrecht, Matthew Parker, Max Steuer, and Charlotte Werndl.

Cognate Faculty: Christopher Brown (International Relations), Janet Coleman (Ancient & Medieval Political Thought), Katrin Flikschuh (Modern Political Theory), Simon Glendinning (European Philosophy), Paul Kelly (Political Theory), Chandran Kukathas (Political Theory), Mary Morgan (History of Economics), Anne Phillips (Political and Gender Theory), Kai Spiekermann (Political Philosophy) and Lea Ypi (Political Theory).


Philosophical Gourmet Report 2009: 1st in the world for Philosophy of the Social Science; Group 2 for General Philosophy of Science; Group 2 for Decision, Rational Choice, and Game Theory; Group 3 for Philosophy of Physics.


LSE Philosophy scored third in the Complete University Guide with the highest score of all UK Philosophy Departments (84) for Graduate Prospect. The Graduate Prospects score for Philosophy is comparable to the scores for other top Departments in the LSE, e.g. Economics (87), Politics (84) and Accounting and Finance (83).

Programmes of study

The department offers Undergraduate courses in Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method  (see pg. 94) and in Philosophy and Economics (see pg. 96), one-year Postgraduate courses in Philosophy of Science, in Philosophy of the Social Sciences, in Economics and Philosophy, and in Philosophy and Public Policy.

Furthermore, the Philosophy and Government Departments partnered in launching a new BSc in Politics and Philosophy in 2009.

Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science

The Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, which hosts its own research fellows, and organises conferences and seminar series is closely associated with the Department.

Forum for European Philosophy

The Forum for European Philosophy runs a full and varied programme of philosophy and interdisciplinary events aimed at the general public.


Incoming students may view the Philosophy Orientation Timetable here.

If you have any enquiries, please contact the department at

For further information on undergraduate philosophy courses and details on how to apply please see our Undergraduate courses page and the 2011 Undergraduate Prospectus (starting at pg. 94).

For further information on graduate philosophy courses and details on how to apply please see our Postgraduate courses page and the Graduate Prospectus.

LSE also offers an admissions enquiries site for prospective undergraduates and postgraduates. Here you will find lots of information on the application process, answers to frequently asked questions, and much more.

Equality of opportunity

The department is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity among its students, academic and support staff. Discrimination of any kind is not permitted, and if suspected will be the subject of rigorous investigation, with the appropriate school bodies being informed if necessary. The department has an equality officer, who is an academic staff member, and each year student representatives are be elected to take responsibility for issues relating to equality of opportunity.