The Lakatos Archive Project

The Lakatos Archive Project facilitates research into the Lakatos Archive held at the BLPES.

Project Leader: John Worrall

Duration of the Project: Ongoing


Miklos Redei


Lakatos Fellows are required to submit a report on their research and have published papers on the basis of their archival work but the project does not keep track of the Fellows' publications. 


The project's aim is to provide Fellowships for researchers to allow them to do research in the Lakatos Archive of the LSE Library and to interact with members of the Department on topics of mutual interest. The Fellowship is based on the generosity of a private donor and is advertised whenever the sufficient funds have been secured from the donor. The Fellowship was advertised the last time in 2007, and some Fellows were visiting the Lakatos Archive during the interval that covers the reporting period (May 1, 2008 – April 30, 2009):

Professor B. Nanay (U.S.A.) (Fellow between June 20 and July 20, 2008)

  • Project: Investigating how Lakatos' claims about the differences between 'progressive' and 'degenerative' scientific research programmes could be considered to be the first and, maybe surprisingly, the most rigorous statement of what has recently been referred to as a Darwinian theory of success in science.

Professor W. Zheng (China) (Fellow between April 15 and May 15, 2008)

  • Project: Comparative analysis of some ideas of Imre Lakatos and Andrew Pickering.

Former Lakatos Fellow, Professor Zs.Vajda re-visited the Centre and the department between October 17 and November 1, 2008

  • Project: Imre Lakatos' academic career and personal life in light of archival documents (mainly in Hungarian) located in the Lakatos Archive of the LSE library and on the basis of material obtained recently from official British Government files on Imre Lakatos.