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Lakatos Award 2002 winner to speak on Second Philosophy

Thursday 8 May, 5.30pm
Old Theatre, Old Building

Professor Penelope Maddy, winner of the Lakatos Award 2002, will be speaking on Second Philosophy on Thursday 8 May at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

She will focus on the broader philosophical context of the naturalism we engage in: its effects on the understanding and evaluation of the methods of mathematics, and its consequences and challenges in areas beyond mathematical practice.

Penelope Maddy is professor of philosophy at the University of California, Irvine, where she held the position of founding chair in the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science between 1998-2001. She was awarded the Lakatos Award 2002 for her book Naturalism in Mathematics.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To reserve a press ticket, please contact Jessica Winterstein on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Notes:

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

Previous winners of the Lakatos Award are: Judea Pearl, Brian Skyrms, Bas Van Fraassen, Hartry Field, Michael Friedman, Philip Kitcher, Michael Redhead, John Earman, Elliott Sober, Peter Achinstein, Alexander Rosenberg, Michael Dummett, Lawrence Sklar, Abner Shimony, Jeffrey Bub and Deborah Mayo.

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, (eds John Worrall and Gregory Currie, Cambridge University Press) were published in 1978.

For more information on Imre Lakatos, visit www.lse.ac.uk/lakatos/|

2 May 2003

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