The London School of Economics and Political Science invites nominations for the 2018 Lakatos Award.

The Lakatos Award is given annually for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, widely interpreted, in the form of a book published in English.  For the 2018 award, books with an imprint from 2012 to 2017 (inclusive) are eligible.

The Award, in memory of the former LSE professor Imre Lakatos, was made possible by a generous endowment from the Latsis Foundation.  It is administered by an international Management Committee organised from the LSE, but entirely independent of LSE’s Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method.  The Committee, currently chaired by Hasok Chang (University of Cambridge), decides the outcome of the competition on the advice of an international, independent and anonymous panel of Selectors who produce detailed reports on the shortlisted books.

For the 2018 award, nominations must be received by Monday 2 October 2017.  Nominations may be made by any persons of recognised standing within the philosophy of science or an allied profession.  Self-nominations are not allowed.  Before a nomination is submitted, permission should be sought from the author(s) of the nominated book.  The Management Committee itself is not empowered to nominate books.

The Management Committee would like to apologise for the delay in the processing of recent awards.  Winners of the 2015 and the 2016 awards will be announced soon.  The 2017 competition will not take place.

Please send nominations, or any queries, to the Award Administrator, Tom Hinrichsen, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with “LAKATOS AWARD: CONFIDENTIAL” in the subject header.  Nomination letters should be brief (no more than three paragraphs).

For further details, see:

http://www.lse.ac.uk/philosophy/lakatos-award/


Imre Lakatos, who died in 1974 aged 51, had been Professor of Logic with special reference to the Philosophy of Mathematics at LSE since 1969.  He joined the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method in 1960.  Born in Hungary in 1922, he graduated (in Physics, Mathematics and Philosophy) from Debrecen University in 1944.  He then joined the underground resistance.  (His mother and grandmother perished in Auschwitz.)  After the War, he was active in the Communist Party and had an influential position in the Ministry of Education.  In 1950 he was arrested and spent the next three years as a political prisoner.  After his release, he was given refuge in the Hungarian Academy of Science where he translated western works in science and mathematics into Hungarian.  After the suppression of the Hungarian uprising he escaped to Vienna and from there, with the aid of a Rockefeller fellowship, on to Cambridge, England.  He there wrote his (second) doctoral thesis out of which grew his famous Proofs and Refutations (CUP, 1976, edited by John Worrall and Elie Zahar).  Two volumes of Philosophical Papers, edited by John Worrall and Gregory Currie, appeared in 1978, also from CUP.