Philip Mirowski: CPPE and CMS Fringe Events

We are pleased to be hosting historian and philosopher Philip Mirowski at the CPPE for a few days in July 2015.

As part of the fringe events for the Critical Management Studies 2015 Conference, Prof. Mirowski has kindly agreed to do a public talk, and has also agreed to do 2 sessions/events with the CPPE.  Full details are below.  Note venues for the CPPE events (session 1 and 2 respectively) have yet to be confirmed (but will be early next week).

– Ken

Session 1What is science critique?

Monday 6th July 11am – lunch and after

 Venue: BEN LT10 (Bennett Ground Floor Geology Dept Lecture Theatre 10)

The broad social studies of science project is, reputedly, underpinned by an apparent radicalism. However, this session, based on Mirowski’s ongoing work on STIS and science studies, presents a critique of this radicalism asking, why use Latour and Lessig for basis of this critique


The session is based on existing work by Mirowski. Attendees are invited to read the following before the session:


Session 2Experts in Markets or Experts in Nature

Tuesday 7th July 10am – lunch and after

Venue: BEN LT10 (Bennett Ground Floor Geology Dept Lecture Theatre 10)

A session on economics and the social studies of finance, and taps into Mirowski’s existing work on both areas. One of the main critiques is that the social studies of finance is largely apolitical, which will be explored in more detail in this session.


Attendees may consult the 2013 book Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown



Public TalkThe political doctrine of neo-liberalism

Tuesday 7th July, LCB Depot Café Courtyard, 7pm


In this talk Philip Mirowski explores four questions: Why do people think the “Neoliberal” label is so very awful? Is it possible to pin down what Neoliberalism signifies, and how you can tell a Neoliberal when you encounter one? Do Neoliberals often tell the truth about their doctrine? And, finally, has the Neoliberal thought Collective changed in any relevant ways as we approach the present?


This talk is based on a range of Mirowski’s previous research, and draws also from this paper:

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