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Lakatos Award 2002 announced

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is pleased to announce that this year's Lakatos Award of £10,000 for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, goes to Professor Penelope Maddy for her book Naturalism in Mathematics (Oxford University Press, 1997).

Professor Maddy, from the University of California, Irvine, will visit LSE to give a public lecture and receive the Award in the spring term, 2003.

Naturalism in Mathematics investigates the issue of how the axioms of set theory, the basis of the whole of mathematics, are justified; and in particular how proposed additional axioms for set theory are to be judged.

The Lakatos Award is given for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, widely interpreted, in the form of a book published in English during the previous six years. It is in memory of the former LSE professor Imre Lakatos, and is administered by an international Management Committee organised from LSE.

The Committee decides the outcome of the Award competition on the advice of an independent and anonymous panel of Selectors. A condition of accepting the £10 000 award prize is that the successful candidate will visit LSE and deliver a public lecture.


For further details of the nomination procedure or more information on the Lakatos Award 2002, contact Tamsin Scurfield on 020 7955 7901, or email t.e.Scurfield@lse.ac.uk| 

Notes for editors:

Imre Lakatos, 1922-1974, was Professor of Logic with special reference to the Philosophy of Mathematics at LSE since 1969, having joined the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method in 1960. He was born in Hungary and graduated in Physics, Mathematics and Philosophy from Debrecen University in 1944 before joining the underground resistance in the war. After the war, he escaped to Vienna and came to Cambridge with the aid of a Rockefeller fellowship. He there wrote the doctoral thesis out of which grew his famous Proofs and Refutations. Two volumes of Philosophical Papers, edited by John Worrall and Gregory Currie, Cambridge University Press, appeared in 1978.

Nominations can now be made for the 2003 Lakatos Award by Monday 14 April 2003. The Award will be for a book published in English with an imprint from 1997-2001 inclusive. A book may, with the permission of the author, be nominated by any person of recognised standing within the profession.

You can now hear a lecture given by Imre Lakatos on the LSE website| - almost 30 years after it was broadcast.

22 November 2002